Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Idea of Labour Law

David Langille Congratulations to editors Guy Davidov (Hebrew U. Jerusalem) and Brian Langille (Toronto) on the publication of their book (Oxford U. Press) The Idea of Labour Law.  There is a tremendous cast of chapter authors on this book -- too many to list in this post, but they are listed on this flyer (which also entitles the reader to a 20% discount on the book).  Here's the publisher's description:

Labour law is widely considered to be in crisis by scholars of the field. This crisis has an obvious external dimension - labour law is attacked for impeding efficiency, flexibility, and development; vilified for reducing employment and for favouring already well placed employees over less fortunate ones; and discredited for failing to cover the most vulnerable workers and workers in the "informal sector". These are just some of the external challenges to labour law. There is also an internal challenge, as labour lawyers themselves increasingly question whether their discipline is conceptually coherent, relevant to the new empirical realities of the world of work, and normatively salient in the world as we now know it. This book responds to such fundamental challenges by asking the most fundamental questions: What is labour law for? How can it be justified? And what are the normative premises on which reforms should be based? There has been growing interest in such questions in recent years. In this volume the contributors seek to take this body of scholarship seriously and also to move it forward. Its aim is to provide, if not answers which satisfy everyone, intellectually nourishing food for thought for those interested in understanding, explaining and interpreting labour laws - whether they are scholars, practitioners, judges, policy-makers, or workers and employers.


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Dear colleagues,

The book looks very timely and I'd say tempting since there are not many books published on such theoretical issues.

But it's really a pity that as far as I see the authors didn't invite colleagues from CIS (Russia, Belarus, Ukrain, etc.). This region has a long standing tradition of theoretical research in law and a really special (and in many aspects an interesting and unique) experience in developing labour law theory and it's practical application in the context of different socioeconomic transformations, which IMHO worth being shared with wider audience. Now there are young scholars there who can write in English and I'm sure would be happy to contribute.

I'd call all the colleagues who initiate such collections of essays and similar projects to invite people from Eastern Europe including CIS. Most of them can be contacted personally or via there emplloyers (universities), and I myself would also be delighted to share all the contact info I have in regards to labour law scholars from this region. You can always contact me via e-mail (preferrably) or by phone.

My best regards,
prof. Daria V. Chernyaeva
LLM, PhD, associate profeccor in labour law
law faculty, National Reasearch University - Higher School of Economics,
Moscow, Russia,

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tel: +79168088380
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Posted by: Daria V Chernyaeva | May 26, 2011 1:09:58 AM

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