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Durham Law: Policy Engagement

Events and Publications

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: FULLY-FUNDED PHD STUDENTSHIP

Closing date: 31 August 2018.

Applications are now open for a fully-funded PhD Studentship on Law's Dynamic Effects in South Africa.

The studentship is funded through Durham University's new Global Challenges Research Fund Centre for Doctoral Training.

The doctoral project will be supervised by Professor Deirdre McCann at Durham Law School together with Professor John Linarelli and in partnership with the University of Cape Town.

The studentship is fully funded for three years from February 2019. It covers full payment of fees; a tax-free maintenance grant of £14,777 per year; return travel and visa costs; an allowance to cover research costs and resarch training; and support for an overseas placement.

Funding is available to an overseas candidate based in an OECD DAC list country. Applicants should have an academic background in a relevant subject e.g. law, sociology, geography, industrial relations, social policy) and training or experience in quantitative or qualitative research methods.

Por further details, please click here.

Enquiries are welcome to Professor Deirdre McCann (deirdre.mccann@durham.ac.uk).


JULY 2018: GLOBAL CHALLENGES SUMMIT

Newcastle University, 24 July 2018

Professor Deirdre McCann spoke about her research on global labour rights at the Global Challenges Summit 2018, held in Newcastle University on 24 July.

Hosted by Durham, Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, the Summit brought together participants from across the world including Herman Mashaba, the Mayor of Johannesburg, Salha Kaitesi, Founder of Beauty of Rwanda, and Peter White, COO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Professor McCann called for workers’ rights to be placed at the heart of sustainable development and of efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She presented a new study by the ESRC/GCRF Network that she leads on Legal Regulation of Unacceptable Forms of Work and her recent work in Southern Africa.

The study Unacceptable Forms of Work: Global Dialogue/Local Innovation is available here. It was featured in an article in the Northern Echo.


JULY 2018: NEW REPORT: UNACCEPTABLE FORMS OF WORK GLOBAL DIALOGUE/LOCAL INNOVATION

Report on the work of the ESRC/GCRF Strategic Network on Legal Regulation of UFW. The report outlines research agendas for responding to Global Regulatory Challenges to effective regulation of UFW.


JUNE 2018: FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE REGIONAL MEETING ON DECENT WORK REGULATION IN AFRICA

University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business, 18 June 2018

On 18th June 2018, the Network held a Regional Meeting at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. The Meeting brought together stakeholders from countries across sub-Saharan Africa, including from government Ministries, labour inspectorates, trade unions, employers’ associations, auditors, and retailers.

The Meeting provided the opportunity for a regional dialogue on regulatory strategies that can achieve decent work in the African context. The focus was on the enforcement of labour laws in the garment sector. In particular, participants considered whether involving a range of stakeholders in enforcement - multistakeholders models - can extend the reach of labour standards.

This document outlines the Meeting’s findings and recommendations. It aims to make a useful contribution to the lively debates on effective labour standards, and on decent work in the garment sector, both in Africa and in countries across the world.

To download the document, click here.

JUNE 2018: REGIONAL MEETING ON DECENT WORK REGULATION IN AFRICA

Decent Work Regulation in Africa aims at establishing a Regional Network of researchers and policy-makers who have an interest in effective labour regulation.

A Regional Meeting of this project was held at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business on 18 June 2018 to bring together participants from the region and international partners. The aim of this meeting was to provide the opportunity for regional and international dialogue on legal strategies that can achieve decent work in Africa, with a particular focus on the garment sector.

For a detailed description of the event, click here.

JANUARY 2018: UFW ANIMATION AND PODCAST

What are unacceptable forms of work and what can be done to tackle this global challenge? Find out more about the ESRC/GCRF Strategic Network on Legal Regulation of Unacceptable Forms of Work by watching our animation and listening to our podcast.



DECEMBER 2017: WORKSHOP ON GLOBAL CHALLENGES TO EFFECTIVE LABOUR RIGHTS AT DURHAM LAW SCHOOL

A Workshop on Global Challenges to Effective Labour Rights was held at Durham Law School on 8 December 2017. The event gathered researchers and policy-makers from Canada, Lesotho, South Africa, the UK, and the US.

For more information about te event, click here.


AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2017: GLOBAL DIALOGUE / LOCAL INNOVATION CONFERENCES: BANGKOK & DURHAM

The ‘Global Dialogue/Local Innovation’ conferences, held in Bangkok and Durham, hosted researchers, policymakers and union members representing a diverse range of nations, including Australia, Korea, Brazil, South Africa, Lesotho, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the UK. More information here.


FEBRUARY 2016: ELIMINATING UNACCEPTABLE FORMS OF WORK: A GLOBAL CHALLENGE


In this post on social protection and human rights, Professor Deirdre McCann outlines social protection as one of the dimensions of the Multidimensional Model of Unacceptable Forms of Work.



Image: St├ęphane Pecorini

JULY 2015: ADDRESSING THE COMPLEX REALITIES OF POST-CRISIS EMPLOYMENT


Following the Regulating for Decent Work conference held at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva (8-10 July 2016), Deirdre McCann comments on the need for robust labour regulation to help deliver decent work.

Read the comment here



Haitian Domestic Work (Image: Alex Proimos)

JULY 2015: A GLOBAL DIALOGUE (DURHAM/GENEVA)


Researchers and policy-makers from around the world met in July 2015 to share innovative ways in which Unacceptable Forms of Work are being addressed

Workshops were held in Durham and at the ILO in Geneva, at a Special Session of the Regulating for Decent Work Conference.


2015: UNACCEPTABLE FORMS OF WORK: A GLOBAL AND COMPARATIVE STUDY


In 2015, Professor Judy Fudge and Professor Deirdre McCann published a research study that defined Unacceptable Forms of Work, and the various ways that it is manifested.

Unacceptable Forms of Work: A Global and Comparative Study (English)

Unacceptable Forms of Work: A Global and Comparative Study (French)

Unacceptable Forms of Work: A Global and Comparative Study (Spanish)



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