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Hollowing out Labour and Equality Rights at Work: UK Experience of Individualism and Individualisation

Presented by Professor Lizzie Barmes, Queen Mary University of London
Discussant: Professor Beth Gaze, University of Melbourne

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
1:00–2:00 PM
Light refreshments will be provided from 12:45 PM
Room 920, level 9, Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham St, Carlton, 3053



About the event: This presentation will draw on a UK study of behavioural conflict at work to theorise the impact in practice, and emancipatory potential, of workplace regulation that takes the form of individual labour and equality rights. The presentation will seek also, first, to draw out the implications of the findings for other systems and, secondly, to extend the analysis to the current turn to re-institionalising enforcement and associated emphasis on criminalisation and immigration policy. 

About the presenters: 
Lizzie Barmes
is a Professor of Labour Law at Queen Mary University of London and co-Director of the QMUL School of Law's Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity (LEAD). She taught at UCL from 1999-2007, was a Government Lawyer in the Common Law Team of the
Law Commission of England and Wales from 1995-1999 and practiced as a solicitor from 1988-1994. Professor Barmes’ research interests are in the fields of equality and employment law. Her 2016 monograph, Bullying and Behavioural Conflict at Work: The Duality of Individual Rights, won the 2017 SLSA’s Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize. Other main research interests include positive and affirmative action, discriminatory harassment, the contract of employment and judicial diversity.

Beth Gaze is a Professor at Melbourne Law School and a member of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law.