Labour Law in the Global Economy

15 June 2011

Sydney Law School is pleased to announce this postgraduate intensive unit for 2011 as part of its Employment and Labour Law program, taught by Professor Judy Fudge from the University of Victoria, Canada.

Labour Law in the Global Economy explores 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 organisation, 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 include:

  • The World Bank's Doing Business Indicators for flexible labour markets and the International Labour Organization's response
  • The informalisation, feminisation, and commercialisation of employment
  • Outsourcing, off-shoring and business networking and their impact on labour law
  • The challenges of finding effective mechanisms for worker representation, or `voice', in an era of declining union membership
  • The challenges of new technology and work organisation on working patterns and conditions of work.

After beginning her academic career at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1987, Professor Judy Fudge joined the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in January 2007 as the Lansdowne Chair in Law.

She has been a visiting fellow at the European University Institute, McGill University's Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, the London School of Economics, the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford, and she has held visiting chairs at the University of British Columbia and the University of Saskatchewan.

In 2009, Professor Fudge received the Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights for her research project "Labour Rights as Human Rights: Unions, Women, and Migrants"

Professor Fudge has worked with women's groups and unorganised workers, and has been involved in law reform efforts to obtain greater equality and democracy in the world of work.

She is a member of the Inter-University Research Centre on Globalization and Work. Her publications include:

Her current research interests are the rights of temporary migrant workers, legal responses to the informalisation of work, and collective labour rights.

The unit is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Candidates can also enrol in this subject on a Legal Professional Development (LPD), Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

Further information on the 2011 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Program

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

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