Labour is not a Commodity: Opportunities and Challenges for the ILO at the end of its first Century, (August 2016)

Professor Emerita Rosemary Owens AO.

CELRL Labour Law Seminar

'Labour is not a Commodity: Opportunities and Challenges for the ILO at the end of its first Century’.

Seminar presented by Professor Emerita Rosemary Owens AO.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016: 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Rosemary Owens speaking

About the event

In 2019 the ILO will celebrate 100 years since its foundation under the Treaty of Versailles. This seminar examined some of the opportunities and challenges the ILO faces in its role as the pre-eminent international regulatory agency of the UN intent on securing decent work for all in the global era. The seminar focussed in particular on the challenges and opportunities posed by the future of work, the role of tripartism, standards and regulatory mechanisms, and the supervisory systems.

About the speaker

Rosemary Owens, AO, is Professor Emerita at The University of Adelaide where she was formerly Dame Roma Mitchell Chair of Law (2008-2015) and Dean of Law (2007-2011).

Her research focuses on workplace law, with books including The Law of Work (OUP, 2007 and 2011), and most recently a collection of essays, Temporary Labour Migration in the Global Era: The Regulatory Challenges (Hart, 2016) (jointly edited with Joanna Howe).

Professor Emerita Owens is also co-author (with Andrew Stewart) of Experience or Exploitation? The Nature, Prevalence and Regulation of Unpaid Work Experience, Internships and Trial Periods in Australia, a report for the Fair Work Ombudsman, 2013. She is the lead investigator on an ARC Discovery Project over the years 2015-2018, entitled ‘Regulating Post-secondary Work Experience: Labour Law at the Intersection of Work and Education’ (with 3 other Chief Investigators at Adelaide Law School: Prof Andrew Stewart, Assoc Prof Anne Hewitt and Dr Joanna Howe).

Professor Emerita Owens is also a member of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations of the International Labour Organization, a UN agency. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Australian Journal of Labour Law and the Revue de Droit Comparé du trvail et de la Sécurité Sociale. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. In 2014 she was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to law, to international and national labour law and relations, and to women.

Seminar room Rosemary Owens