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Durham University

Durham Law: Policy Engagement


The Decent Work Regulation (DWR) project responds to UN Sustainable Development Goal 8: decent work and economic growth.

One of the major challenges of the 21st century is to ensure that workers across the world have working conditions that:

• respect their fundamental rights;

• do not risk their wellbeing;

• are secure and fairly remunerated.

To achieve this objective, effective labour regulation is crucial. Strong labour laws are a vital component of development policies, capable of supporting inclusive growth, sustainable prosperity, and the wellbeing of workers and their families.

Yet the regulatory strategies that can effectively achieve decent work – most crucially in low and middle income countries (LMICs) – have yet to be designed.

The DWR Project responds to this challenge through research and policy activities across the world. Our recent projects include Decent Work Regulation in Africa (DWR-Africa) (2018-) and the ESRC/GCRF Strategic Network on Legal Regulation of Unacceptable Forms of Work, a global network of more than 50 research and policy bodies in 20 countries across all regions.