Wednesday 29 May 2019

Call for papers for Fifth Biennial Conference of the New Zealand Labour Law Society 15-16 November 2019

This is a call for abstracts for the New Zealand Labour Law Society’s fifth biennial conference on 15-16 November, co-ordinated by the Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington.

Conference theme: Labour Law in 2019- continuity, change and emerging challenges

We welcome abstracts (200 words or less) for papers and panel proposals on any topic related to labour law (broadly defined).

Possible sub-themes and topics include (but are not limited to):
• The international context. This could include papers engaging with the UN Development Agenda and the role of the ILO.
• Shaping Labour Regulation: resetting the standards. This sub-theme will focus on the protective function of labour law in relation to wage theft, exploitation of migrant labour and similar issues.
• Emerging challenges for the corporate sector. This sub-theme is aimed at prompting exploration of compliance and other challenges for business.
• Access to justice. This sub-theme might include papers exploring access to affordable representation and evaluation of New Zealand’s employment institutions.
• Equality, pay equity, law’s response to sexual harassment and work family regulation.
• Perspectives from other jurisdictions.
• Health, safety, wellbeing.
• Industry bargaining, sector specific issues e.g. film workers in New Zealand.

The organisers welcome papers from students who will have the option of presenting a paper either in the main conference or at a student session. Some scholarships will be available for New Zealand based postgraduate students to attend the conference thanks to the support of the Canterbury University Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law.

The deadline for abstracts is 1 August 2019.

Abstracts can be submitted by email to . They will be reviewed on a rolling basis with acceptance notified as soon as possible. There will be an opportunity for selected papers to be published in a Special Issue of the New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations.

[if planning to come from outside New Zealand please note that NZ will be initiating a pre-travel ETA requirement from 1 October 2019 This will apply to travellers from visa waiver countries . Australian citizens will be exempt, but Australian permanent residents will need to hold an Electronic Travel Authority]