Ingrid Landau

  • Ingrid Landau

    PhD candidate

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Ingrid Landau is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, and the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne Law School. She researches across the fields of Australian employment law, comparative labour law (with a focus on the Asia-Pacific), transnational labour regulation, and business and human rights. Ingrid’s doctoral thesis examines the implications of the rise of human rights due diligence for the protection and promotion of labour rights.

Ingrid is also a Lecturer at Monash Business School, Monash University, where she teaches in the areas of business law and employment law. She has also worked as a Research Fellow at Melbourne Law School and Monash University. Prior to commencing an academic career, Ingrid worked at the Australian Council of Trade Unions where she provided advice on Australian employment law, international labour standards and human rights.

Ingrid has published in Australian and international journals, and has worked as principal researcher on major research projects commissioned by the Fair Work Commission and the International Labour Organisation. She holds first class honours degrees in Law and Asian Studies from the Australian National University.

Thesis Title

From Rights to Risks: Transnational Labour Regulation and the Emerging Business of Human Rights due Diligence

Thesis Summary

Human rights due diligence is emerging as a new global orthodoxy for responsible corporate behaviour. This includes in the area of workers’ human rights, with the concept now found in numerous transnational and national regulatory instruments that deal in whole or in part with labour issues, as well as in the discourse and practices of business, non-governmental organisations and the international trade union movement. This project examines the implications of this development for the protection and promotion of labour rights in a global economy. It considers the strengths and weaknesses of human rights due diligence as a tool of transnational labour regulation, and explores how the meaning of human rights due diligence, understood as an emerging transnational norm, is being contested and by whom. It also considers how regulatory frameworks can maximise the potential of the concept as a tool of transnational labour regulation.  In exploring these issues, the project draws on a diverse body of scholarly literature, as well as on extensive analysis of documents and qualitative interviews with actors in Australia, North America and Western Europe.


  • Labour law
  • Transnational labour regulation
  • Business and human rights