Labour Law in the Global Economy (LAWS6816)


The aim of this unit of study is to understand the impact of the global economy on the world of work and the nature of the regulatory challenges it presents. The unit will examine various regulatory models applicable to work in the global economy, and their strengths and weaknesses. The unit will also include a particular examination of emerging issues in workplace privacy. Students will be expected to identify and attain an advanced understanding of the challenges facing the regulation of the work in the global economy with a particular focus on: the sharing economy; new forms of `employment��, (eg internships and zero hours contracts); migrant workers; home working; precarious employment; and independent contracting. The `dividing line�� between work and an employee��s private activities will also be explored, with particular reference to: electronic monitoring; drug and alcohol testing; dress requirements; and out of work conduct.

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Intro Class: Jul 4 (6-8) then Jul 21, 22 & Aug 18, 19 (9-5)


class participation and class presentation (30%) and 6000wd essay (70%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6252 or a law degree and LAWS6071

Additional Information

This unit replaced LAWS6816 Labour Law in the New Economy

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Cross-institutional study

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