LAWS6816 - Labour Law in the Global Economy


  • 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.


Semester 2 Intensive
5, 6 & 12, 13 September 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.


  • Class Participation and Assignment (30%)
  • 1 x 6,000 Word Research Essay (70%)

Assumed Knowledge

Law Degree, LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System and LAWS6071 Labour Law (MLLR students)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Master of Global Law | Master of Law and International Development | Master of Business Law | Master of Labour Law and Relations | Master of International Law | Graduate Diploma in Law | Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law | Graduate Diploma in International Law