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The Idea of Labour Law

Guy Davidov and Brian Langille


Labour law is widely considered to be in crisis, at least 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 conce ... More

Keywords: labour law, labor law, employment law, work, employment, employees, informal sector, broadening labour law

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199693610
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693610.001.0001


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Guy Davidov, editor
Vice-Dean and Elias Lieberman Chair in Labour Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Brian Langille, editor
Professor of Law at the University of Toronto
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PART 1 The Idea of Labour Law in Historical Context

1 Labour Law After Labour

Harry Arthurs *

PART II Normative Foundations of the idea of Labour Law

PART III Normative Foundations and Legal ideas: Rethinking Existing Structures

PART IV New Labour Law Ideas: Rethinking Existing Boundaries

21 From Conflict to Regulation: The Transformative Function of Labour Law

Julia López, Consuelo Chacartegui, and César G Cantón *

PART V New Ideas Of Labour Law From An International Perspective

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