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Durham Law: Policy Engagement

Our Mission

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

  • respect their fundamental rights
  • do not risk their wellbeing
  • are secure and fairly remunerated.

The United Nations has included “Decent Work” among its 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years. It has highlighted the eradication of forced labour and the protection of labour rights as major priorities for governments, private organisations and policy-makers.

We believe that effective labour regulation is essential if we are to achieve these aims. But what might that regulation look like?

The Unacceptable Forms of Work project has been set up to investigate important qustions at the heart of this problem such as:

  • What are the factors that cause Unacceptable Forms of Work to take root?
  • What kinds of regulation can make an impact?
  • Can these local regulations be applied elsewhere?
  • Can global solutions be agreed?

As well as "Decent Work" - we cover 8 other Sustainable Development Goals throughout our project: