Report Launch Seminar: The Plural Regulation of Work: A Pilot Study of Restaurant Workers in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
This seminar will launch a Research Report, and present its major findings, on the plural regulation of work arrangements in restaurants in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Discussion of informal employment tends to focus on the ‘failure’ of labour law to protect many workers around the world, and labels employment as being informal where there is an absence of labour law. Such an approach implies that work arrangements that fall outside the scope of formal labour law are unregulated. This project aimed to contribute to correcting this view by designing a methodology capable of investigating the formal laws and informal (non-state) norms and institutions, and the overlaps and interactions between them, in regulating work arrangements. In other words, we are asking the empirical question ‘What is actually regulating work?’ Originally funded by an interdisciplinary seed grant from the University of Melbourne, we have piloted this methodology in both Yogyakarta and in Melbourne. After providing an extensive review of the international and Indonesia-specific literature on the informal regulation of work, the Report presents the findings of the research in Yogyakarta (we plan to publish the Melbourne results at a later date).
Professor John Howe, Melbourne School of Government
Professor John Howe
Melbourne School of Government
Professor John Howe is Director of the University of Melbourne School of Government and was previously CoDirector of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the Law School. John's research interests include labour market policy and regulation, regulatory theory, and corporate accountability. He has written extensively on the role of the state in regulating employment and labour markets, and on the intersection between statebased regulation and corporate governance. John is presently engaged in research concerning regulatory enforcement of minimum employment standards in Australia and the AsiaPacific region. He is also researching how large business organisations engage in selfregulation of labour practices through internal policy and rulemaking processes, and the interaction between these policies and employment laws. John is Chair of the Steering Committee of the Labour Law Research Network, and is a member of the Organising Committee of the Regulating for Decent Work Network. He is an Editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law. John is also a member of the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation. Prior to commencing an academic career, John worked in private legal practice, and also as a researcher for public policy and advocacy organisations in Washington DC. John was Secretary of the Australian Labour Law Association between 2005 and 2009. He was Deputy Dean of the Law School from 20132016.
Dr Petra Mahy, Monash University
Dr Petra Mahy
Dr Petra Mahy joined the Department of Business Law and Taxation, Monash University, in July 2017 as a senior lecturer. Previously, she was a lecturer in law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (20152017), a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for SocioLegal Studies, University of Oxford (20132015) and a research fellow at the Department of Business Law and Taxation, Monash University (20102013). Petra is both a lawyer and an anthropologist and her general research interests fall in the disciplines of comparative law, sociolegal and regulatory studies. She mainly conducts research in Southeast Asia and particularly in Indonesia