Professor Bernard Ryan awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship

The British Academy Fellowship will fund the project ‘Re-imagining Employment Law in a Time of Migration’ for the 2016–2017 academic year.
Professor Bernard Ryan awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship

Prof. Bernard Ryan

With the increased share of foreign-born workers in Britain, up from 7% in 1997 to 16% in 2015. The dominant public policy response has aimed at a reduction in labour migration. That approach has however run into difficulty, due to employer demand, and EU law rights to work.

This fellowship will be used to explore an alternative response to recent migration, based on a re-assessment of employment law. First, should the goals of employment law be updated, to focus on risks of exploitation, undercutting and non-compliance with legal obligations? Secondly, should the scope of employment law be re-conceived, to include aspects of immigration policy and previously neglected groups? Thirdly, which reforms to the content of employment law appear desirable in response to contemporary migration?

It is planned that these questions will be addressed through an academic workshop, engagement events with NGO partners, and academic publications.

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