Labour Law in the Global Economy (LAWS6816)


This unit will explore the extent to which the new global economy (global integration of production and increased migration, digital and informational technologies, transformations in work and production processes, and the shift to services) has undermined norms of employment, forms of workers organization, the traditional structure of the firm, assumptions about who workers are and what they need, and ideas about how regulation works - norms, assumptions, and ideas that have been the foundation upon which national regimes of labour regulation have been built. Topics to be covered include: flexible labour markets and the International Labour Organization's response; the informalization, feminization, and commercialization of employment; outsourcing, off-shoring and business networking and their impact on labour law; challenges in the regulation of child labour and forced labour; the intersection of migration and labour law; the challenges of finding effective mechanisms for worker representation, or `voice', in an era of declining union membership; and the challenges of new technology and work organization on working patterns and conditions of work.

Further unit of study information


Sep 18, 19 & 25, 26 (9-5)


class participation and assignments (30%), 6000wd essay (70%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

LAWS6252 or LAWS6071

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.