LSE holds a unique place in the birth and development of
industrial relations and labour law in the UK. The School's founders, the Webbs,
inventors of the term 'collective bargaining', laid the foundations for studying
labour relations and their regulation in a broad social context. Labour law was
taught at LSE from 1903 and comparative labour law from 1934, whilst no other UK
university taught labour law until after the second World War. It was to LSE
that Kahn-Freund came as a refugee from Germany in 1933 and, with his famous
conceptualisation of Britain as a collective laissez-faire system,
developed a sophisticated empirical and conceptual framework for thinking about
labour law, one subsequently elaborated upon by, in particular, Lord Wedderburn
and Paul Davies at LSE. While labour law and the labour market mutate rapidly,
there is an enduring focus on the multiple sources of legislative and private
norm production in labour law, how best to justify labour law, and which
regulatory techniques can deliver its objectives.
Labour Law for Postgraduates
Labour law specialisations as part of the LLM
Comparative Employment Relations and Human
Compensation and the Law
Human Rights in the United Kingdom: Theory,
Law and Practice
International and European Labour Law and
the Protection of Social Rights
Labour Market Analysis : Economic Analysis
of Trade Unions
Labour Market Analysis : Pay
Law of Human Rights in the United Kingdom
here for further information about the LLM and Labour Law.
Labour Law :
Labour Law : Current Research
Law Journal, the leading UK journal in the field, is
edited from the Department. Recent books published include H.
Collins, Employment Law (OUP, 2003), H. Collins, K.D. Ewing
and A. McColgan Labour Law: Text, Cases and Materials (Hart,
2nd edition, 2005), P. Davies and M. Freedland, Towards a
flexible labour market (OUP, 2007).
Department is an important focus for research in labour law through workshops.
Recent examples include an international workshop on Reconstructing
in 2005 (Hugh Collins and Claire Kilpatrick) and a roundtable on
European Labour Law in light of the European Commission's Green Paper on
Labour Law in 2007 (Hugh Collins and Claire Kilpatrick). There is a
flourishing doctoral community in labour law at LSE as well as taught graduate
and undergraduate programmes.