Law and Labour Market Regulation in Southern Africa

Centre Member: Colin Fenwick
Associates: Evance Kalula

The aim of the project is to explore the trajectory of and influences on labour law in selected countries in the Southern African Development Community.

During 2004, Colin Fenwick and Evance Kalula submitted applications for funding from the Australian Research Council and the South African National Research Foundation. Colin Fenwick visited for short periods at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) and the Institute of Development and Labour Law in the University of Cape Town. He also carried out primary research in Namibia. A book chapter on labour law in Namibia was revised for publication and a Working Paper was published (jointly with the Institute of Development and Labour Law, University of Cape Town) (see publications list). A revised version of the Working Paper was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations.

A workshop was held at the University of Cape Town in January 2006, at which collaborators from within Southern Africa presented case studies on a total of 11 countries of the 14 that are member states of the Southern African Development Community. During 2008, work continued to revise the original papers, with a view to publication of an edited book.