Employment Law and Policy Research Group

Employment law is recognised as one of the most dynamic areas of law. Employment policy is subject to rapid change and development in an era of global competition.

The Employment Law and Policy Research Group (GELP) aims to provide a focus for discussion and dissemination of legal policy and developments in this global environment, by exploring current topics with leading academics and policy bodies. It has links with research groups in the UK and Europe and works with trade unions, government bodies and EU institutions.

Members of the group undertake socio-legal, empirical and doctrinal research in all aspects of employment and labour law. The group also acts as a focal point for research students with an interest in employment law.

Activities

GELP hosts annual conferences on topical aspects of employment and labour law. These conferences focus on the changing political and economic environment in which systems of labour law operate, examining the impact of changes in the global economy on labour structures and governance.  Papers, especially those with a comparative and international dimension, are invited on all aspects of labour law.

The GELP acts as a focal point for a number of international collaborations, including labour law networks in Spain, France, Netherlands, Australia and Canada.The Unit has worked with trade unions on several projects e.g., BALPA on collective bargaining in the airline industry and ITWF on maritime labour conditions in UK waters.

The Unit hosts visiting professors from common law and civil law jurisdiction and invites collaborations in related areas of labour law and equality law. It has ongoing collaborations with the Universities of Valencia and Vigo, Spain and Ipag Business School, France.

GELP is currently collaborating with Employment Law Exchange in organising an International Symposium on Employment Regulation Post-Pandemic which will take place at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London in July 2021. Leading labour law academics will be debating the future of labour regulation in the light of changes in labour markets resulting from the recent pandemic and outlining policy alternatives for the new era of employment in a digital environment.

Recent GELP conferences

  • Workers in the Modern Economy-Aspects of Flexibility (2018)
  • Outlook for Labour Law (2016)
  • Transitions in Labour law (2015)
  • Future of Labour Law (2014)
  • Crisis in Labour Law (May 2012)
  • Contemporary Issues in Labour Law (2011)
  • Prospects for Labour Law (2010)

Research interests

Professor of Labour Law Michael Wynn has written extensively on aspects of the employment relationship. His particular interests are in the contract of employment and flexible labour markets, the gig economy, temporary agency working and collective bargaining. Recent projects include:

  • Digital Labour and the Modern Worker
  • Social Security and Self Employment in the Modern Economy
  • Labour regulation and pandemics
  • Worker Vulnerability in the Maritime Labour Sector
  • Labour Law, Modernity and Utopias

Dr Mauro Pucheta writes on all aspects of labour law, and in particular, on aspects of labour regulation in Latin America and South American trade blocs. Recent projects include:

  • Food security measures and labour regulations in the EU-MERCOSUR agreement
  • Human rights and labour law at regional level

Emeritus Professor Gwyneth Pitt is interested in all aspects of employment relationships and has a special interest in equality law.

Dr Konstantina Kalogeropoulou is interested in EU law, freedom of movement and pensions.

Selected publications

Contact us

Professor Michael Wynn
Professor of Labour Law, Department of Law
Email: M.Wynn@kingston.ac.uk

Professor Gwyneth Pitt
Emeritus Professor
Email: G.Pitt@kingston.ac.uk