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The Legal Construction of Personal Work Relations

Mark Freedland and Nicola Kountouris


This book argues that a broad notion of ‘personal work relations’ should become the central organising idea for the future development of labour law. This concept is developed by drawing on extensive comparative research of the legal architecture of employment relations in national legal systems and EU law to analyse the traditional model of the contract of employment and the difficulties of using that traditional model to frame modern working relationships. The chapters then present a new model of the foundations of employment relationships, based on the concept of a ‘personal work nexus’, an ... More

Keywords: personal work relations, contract of employment, worker notion, personal work nexus, personal work profile, European labour law, dignity at work, comparative labour law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199551750
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551750.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Freedland, author
Professor of Employment Law at the University of Oxford

Nicola Kountouris, author
Lecturer in Law at University College London

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