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Faculty of Law | University of the Western Cape

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Faculty of Law | University of the Western Cape

LABOUR LAW IN THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (LL 4.0)

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Digital technology has transcended many of the physical and spatial limitations on the performance of work. ‘Reimagining employment’ has become a buzzword. At the same time, these developments have also transcended many of the critical institutions of labour law. These, too, must be reimagined and the target is continuously moving as new forms of technology introduce yet more change.

Scholars are rising to the challenge with a growing body of research and publications exploring the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Department of Mercantile and Labour Law (including the Social Law Project) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, has decided to make this a niche area – that is, to concentrate teaching, research and community outreach on developing an understanding of how labour law should respond to the changes taking place.

One aim is to promote the sharing of knowledge and cooperation – especially in the form of joint research – with colleagues with similar interests in South Africa and internationally. More specifically, we do so from the perspective of a developing country, to contribute to the regeneration of South African labour law in ways that will promote the creation of new work and employment opportunities and the reduction of inequality inherited from a colonial past.


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New Benjamin  

COORDINATOR

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Extraordinary Professor

University of Western Cape

 
Prof Paul Benjamin  

 

Specialisation

Labour Regulations

Bio in brief

He is a practising attorney and Director of Cheadle Thompson and Haysom Inc and an Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape where he forms part of the Labour Law 4.0 niche area. He has previously held professorial positions at both UCT and Wits University. Paul has worked closely with the independent trade union movement and was involved in some of the central events in South African labour history, including the 1987 mineworkers’ strike. He has played a major role in shaping the post-apartheid labour law framework drafting a number of statutes. He works closely with the CCMA and has been involved in designing its rules and procedures. He has undertaken a number of projects for the International Labour Organisation and has represented both organized labour and government on ILO committees. Other areas in which he has worked include occupational health and safety, employment equity, skills development, public law and environmental law.

Paul has been an acting judge of the Labour Court on several occasions and has written widely on labour law in international and local publications.

Contact

paulben@iafrica.com


New Dutoit  

COORDINATOR

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Emeritus Professor

University of the Western Cape

 
Prof Darcy du Toit  

 

Specialisation

Labour law

Bio in brief

Darcy du Toit is an Emeritus Professor and former Dean of Law at the University of the Western Cape. He currently coordinates the Labour Law 4.0 niche area in the Faculty of Law (which is affiliated to the Labour Law Research Network).

Darcy is a co-investigator on FAIRWORK in the Platform Economy in the Global South in association with the universities of Oxford, Manchester and Cape Town. His research has focused on workplace democratisation, employment equity, strike law, domestic work (contributing to the adoption of ILO Convention 189 of 2011 on domestic workers) and more recently on digital platform work.

As a practitioner he has worked as a labour arbitrator and remains a consultant to Bradley Conradie Halton Cheadle Attorneys, a firm specialising in labour law. Internationally, he has served inter alia as a Vice-President of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law and member of the advisory board of the European Labour Law Network.

Publications


'Affirmative action' or 'positive action' in the employment context
An investigation into how non-standard and informal workers can address their vulnerability
Building BRICS for Growth?
Do cooperatives offer a basis for worker organisation in the domestic sector
Extending the frontiers of employment regulation: The case of domestic employment in South Africa
Freedom of association, majoritarianism, and the rights of minority unions
From 'platform capitalism' towards a 'sharing economy'
Industrial democracy in South Africa's transition
International Labour Organization Future of Work Initiative: South Africa
Labour Law through the Cases
Labour Relations Law: A Comprehensive Guide
Lock-outs
Platform work and social justice
Protection against unfair discrimination in the workplace: Are the courts getting it right?
Protection against unfair discrimination: Cleaning up the Act?
Recognition of the right to strike (terms and conditions apply)
Regulating the informal economy: Unpacking the oxymoron
Repousser les limites de la réglementation du travail
Revisiting strikes in essential services
Should precarious work be the focus of labour law?
South Africa
The extension of Bargaining Council Agreements
The necessary evolution of strike law
The New Labour Bills: An overview and analysis
The right to equality versus employer 'control' and employee 'subordination'
The right to strike in South Africa
The transfer of enterprises and the protection of employment benefits in South and Southern Africa
Towards fairness in the 'sharing economy'
Towards Legal Regulation of Platform Work: Theory and Practice
Unfair Discrimination in the Workplace

Contact

darcydutoit@telkomsa.net


New Beukman  

RESEARCHER

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Researcher

University of the Western Cape

 
Ratula Beukman  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

Ratula Beukman has an LLB from the University of Western Cape Town and is completing a Master’s in Law at the University of Cape Town. She has been teaching labour law at the University of the Western Cape since 2015 and is currently a researcher in various aspects of labour law. She was admitted as an attorney in 2012.

She has been involved in different areas of advocacy in her career, and as an advocacy programme manager at the Black Sash contributed to, among other things, the equalization of the Older Person’s eligibility criteria to the Social Assistance Grant by lowering of the age of men from 65 to 60 years to qualify for the OPG.

Ratula also campaigned for the extension of Child Support Grant to the age of 18 years, which lead to incremental increase in the qualifying age of children from 14 to 18 years to access the CSG. In addition, she contributed to the following:

  • The establishment of the Independent Tribunal for Social Assistance Appeals at the Department of Social Development.
  • Bread Price Collusion Tiger Brand & Pioneer Foods – secured the fining of Tiger Brands by the Competition Commission of R96 million for bread price fixing.
  • Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Bill – improved the calculation and period of Benefit payments to workers and aligning maternity benefit to the ILO standards.

Ratula has also worked as a researcher, contributing to various evaluations of national, regional and international programmes. Her role extended to fieldwork, gathering evidence, synthesizing and producing field work write-ups which are central to the evaluation report.

At the Black Sash, she also worked in various ways to help build the capacity of the local community organisations. Together with four regional offices, she managed education & training support, resourcing and guidance and ensuring strong national communication with advice offices in South Africa. She was responsible, together with the regional teams, for developing and disseminating materials and implementing awareness-raising activities, educational courses and workshops, and mentorship programmes to ensure that information and analysis is shared within the organization and publicly.

The work involved policy analysis, policy and legislative research in specific substantive practice areas with an emphasis on constitutional law, administrative law, social security law, consumer law and labour law, as well as various government precepts, regulations and laws.

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rbeukman@uwc.ac.za


New Booys  

RESEARCHER

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Researcher and Facilitator

University of Western Cape

 
Ernest Booys  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

He obtained his LLB in 2010 at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and LLM in 2012.His lecturing career started off at the University of Namibia, where his lectures included Business Management and Practical’s. He continued with his lecturing career at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) where he taught Labour law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law, law of Contracts. Law of Delict, Law of Things, Law of Succession, Family Law and Social Security. In addition, he has taught Mercantile law, labour law, Law of Contracts, legal Practice, Corporate Procedures and Industrial Relations, at the Cape Peninsula (CPUT).

His duties further included lectures in Labour law and alternative Dispute Resolution for postgraduate students at CPUT. Currently he is supervising LLM student from Namibia in the labour law field and is employed at Social Law Project (SLP) at UWC where his duties and responsibilities consist of Lecturing, student support and a range of administrative duties for Labour Law projects.

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ebooys@uwc.ac.za


New Davids  

RESEARCHER

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Researcher and Facilitator

University of Western Cape

 
Sedica Davids  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

Sedica has focused on building pan African networks (Pan Africa ILGA and Coalition of African She holds a BA HDE (UCT) and postgraduate diplomas in management (Stellenbosch and Wits Business Schools) and a Diploma in Library Studies (UWC). Her contribution to society is in the form of community organizing, research, organizational development and transformation iLsbeians) for LGBTIQ+ human rights as well as strengthening south-south collaboration (ILGA Asia) through board training in good governance. She has consulted to the Transformation and EE Office at Wits University, developing a disability policy for staff and she developed a manual for training small scale farmers in the northern Cape in the elements of good governance (in Afrikaans) as commissioned by Conservation South Africa.

Sedica joined the Social Law Project at the University of the Western Cape as a researcher in June 2018 and her core responsibilities were resource mobilization, proposal writing and fundraising. Her role as researcher for the Social Law Project led to actively participating in the conceptualization of the digital platform cooperative project (DPCP) and to further engage high level networks nationally, regionally and internationally. In 2019 Sedica was contracted to mobilize resources for an emerging research centre.

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sedavids@uwc.ac.za


New Kondo  

RESEARCHER

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Lecturer

University of Western Cape

 
Dr Tinashe Kondo  

 

Specialisation

Cyber Law

Bio in brief

Tinashe Kondo is a lecturer in the Department of Mercantile and Labour Law at the University of the Western Cape and an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He earned his doctoral degree in Investment Law in 2018 and proceeded to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship in Constitutional Revolutions. Through these endeavours, he has published in many areas including Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law, Cyber Law and Investment Law. He is also supervising students and undergraduate, masters and doctoral levesl in a number of areas including Labour Law. He brings to this projects his insights into Labour Law and expertise in Cyberlaw.

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tkondo@uwc.ac.za


New Mullagee  

RESEARCHER

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Coordinator

Social Law Project

 
Fairuz Mullagee  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

Fairuz Mullagee is the coordinationar of the Social Law Project at the Faculty of Law at UWC. A Southern African Advanced Education Fellow, she has a B Phil in Social Research Methods from the University of Stellenbosch, an Honours in History from UWC, and a BA from the University of Cape Town. A knowledge management practitioner with a pro-poor approach to human development, her special interest is methodology and monitoring and evaluation for improving efficiency.

She has about twenty years of extensive research and management experience. Her work spans a broad field that includes policy design and analysis as well as implementation. Ms Mullagee’s key strength is her expertise, skill and ability to convert large volumes of data into useful knowledge through her system’s approach to data management.

She has worked with a number of government departments, parastatals and NPOs including UNESCO, Departments of Home Affairs, Education, Social Development, SA Local Government Association (SALGA), and the Constitutional Assembly. Her vast experience has provided her with great insight into many spheres of society and government from local to global level. It is this experience that enables her to craft innovative and sustainable solutions for a broad range of problems.

Her 10-year association with UWC has focused broadly promoting social justice for precarious workers, more specifically domestic workers. This work has resulted in numerous knowledge products in the domestic work sector, and a presence locally and internationally. She is currently a driving force in the Digital Platform Co-operative Project, a research and development initiative, to explore the use of technology for improving the collective bargaining environment for domestic workers.

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fairuzmullagee@gmail.com


New Ronnie  

RESEARCHER

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Researcher and facilitator

Social Law Project

 
Roger Ronnie  

 

Specialisation

Labour law

Bio in brief

Roger Ronnie is a researcher and facilitator with the Social Law Project (SLP), situated in the Law Faculty at the University of the Western Cape. He has vast experience in the field of public sector employment, having being a trade unionist for 23 years in the local government sector.

In this regard, Roger played a central role in the formation of the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC). He also formed part of the organised labour team that negotiated amendments at the tripartite National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) to the essential service provisions of the Labour Relations Act.

His work at SLP has focused on workers in precarious and vulnerable forms of employment, such as domestic workers and street vendors. This included work on an ILO-funded project on the feasibility of the establishment of co-operatives as a means of economic empowerment for domestic workers in South Africa. He has contributed to a year-long empowerment programme for domestic workers focusing on human rights, domestic workers and labour law, and appropriate forms of organization for the sector. Roger has recently formed part of the team that drafted a series of four papers that form part of the ILO’s Future of Work Initiative, aimed at facilitating debate amongst social partners in NEDLAC.

Roger also facilitates labour law programmes offered by SLP for continuing education students and provides student support to in the Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law.

Contact

rronnie@uwc.ac.za


New Bamu  

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Law Programme Coordinator for Africa

WIEGO

 
Dr Pamhidzai Bamu  

 

Specialisation

Labour law

Bio in brief

She worked as a Researcher in the Institute of Development and Labour Law at the University of Cape Town, and the Social Law Project at the University of the Western Cape and has published research on various labour issues in South Africa and southern Africa. She completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Stellenbosch University, where her project considered the Zimbabwean labour market with a focus on the development and regulation of its informal economy.

She has consulted for agencies such as the International Labour Organization and SADC Secretariat on a number of labour and human rights issues. Her research interests include domestic workers, street vendors, labour migration, international labour law and the regulation of precarious forms of work.

Pamhidzai currently resides in Maryland USA and is the Law Programme Coordinator for Africa at Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO).

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pamhidzai.bamu@gmail.com


New Bosch  

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Advocate

Private legal practice

 
Craig Bosch  

 

Specialisation

Labour law

Bio in brief

Craig Bosch is an advocate practising at the Cape Bar. He specialises in labour law matters.

Craig was an academic lecturing in labour law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, first at the University of Cape Town and then the University of the Western Cape. He has published academic articles on various topics including s197 transfers, the employment relationship and unfair dismissal. Craig has also co-authored a book on employment and business transfers and, in 2016, Reviews in the Labour Courts. Until 2013, he was a senior commissioner at the CCMA and a panellist for a number of bargaining councils.

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csbosch@gmail.com


New Cohen  

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Honorary Research Fellow

University of KawZulu-Natal

 
Dr Tamara Cohen  

 

Specialisation

Labour law

Bio in brief

Dr Tamara Cohen (BA LLB LLM PHD) is a former Associate-Professor of Labour Law in the School of Law at UKZN and currently an Honorary Research Fellow at UKZN. She is an experienced labour law trainer and facilitator, a panelist of Aequitate Professional Employment Law Solutions specialising in labour matters, an accredited commercial mediator and an admitted attorney.

She has co-authored various labour law texts including ‘Labour Law through the cases’, ‘Labour Relations Law’, ‘Trade Unions and the Law’, ‘Labour Law in Context’ and ‘Laws against Strikes’, ‘Strikes and the Law’ and ‘Labour Law’ amongst others. She has published many articles in the field of labour law in leading law journals. Tamara has presented conference papers both nationally and internationally. Until 2018 she was the Programme Manager of the CCMA Commissioner Labour Dispute Resolution Qualification, having established and managed the programme since its inception.

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tamdav@iafrica.com


New Collier  

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Labour Law 4.0 niche

University of Cape Town

 
Assoc Prof Debbie Collier  

 

Specialisation

Labour and Development

Bio in brief

Debbie is involved in teaching and research supervision in the field of employment law and her research interests are in labour and development, increasingly in the context of workplace discrimination and equality law.

Debbie has been involving in the drafting of various technical reports on labour law, including the national minimum wage in South Africa, and in the capacity of external consultant for the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in which she has collaborated on a number of labour law projects in the SADC region.

Debbie has edited and authored/ co-authored numerous books (including Collier & Fergus (eds) Labour Law in South Africa: Context and Principles 2018 OUP) and scholarly articles that have been published in various law journals.

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debbie.collier@uct.ac.za


New Dwolatzsky  

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Emeritus Professor, School of Electrical and Information Engineering

University of Witwatersrand

 
Prof Barry Dwolatzky  

 

Specialisation

South African ICT sector

Bio in brief

Barry Dwolatzky is an Emeritus Professor in Wits University’s School of Electrical and Information Engineering. He is passionate about the South African ICT sector and has spent most of the past 25 years educating experts, carrying out research and driving initiatives that aim to nurture and grow this critical part of the economy.

He launched the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University in 2005 and since 2014 has been the driving force behind the establishment of the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

In recognition of his contribution to the South African IT industry Barry Dwolatzky was named the joint winner of the ‘South African IT Personality of the Year” in 2013 and received an award for ‘Distinguished Service to IT’ from the Institute of IT Professionals of South Africa (IITPSA) in 2016. Also in 2016 Wits University presented him with the ‘Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Citizenship’.

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Barry.Dwolatzky@wits.ac.za


New Fredman  

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Professor of Law

Oxford University

 
Prof Sandra Fredman  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

She is a Fellow of the British Academy and became a Queen’s Council (honoris causa) in 2012. In 2012, she founded the Oxford Human Rights Hub, of which she is the director.

She has published widely and has numerous peer reviewed publications in the fields of gender equality, labour law, and human rights. Her books include Comparative Human Rights (OUP, 2018); Human Rights Transformed (OUP 2008); Discrimination Law (OUP, 2nd ed 2011); Women and the Law (OUP, 1997); The State as Employer (Mansell, 1988) with Gillian Morris and Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Great Britain (2nd ed, Kluwer, 1992) with Bob Hepple. She edited Age as an Equality Issue (Hart, 2003) with Sarah Spencer, and Discrimination and Human Rights: the Case of Racism (OUP, 2001).

She holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa She has been an expert advisor on equality for a variety of governments and organizations, including the UK, Northern Ireland, Canada, the ILO, UN Women, the World Bank, the EU Commission, and the UN Working Group on non-discrimination against women in social and economic life. Most recently, she was a member of the expert drafting group of the Abidjan Principles on the Right to Education in the context of Privatization.

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"sandra.fredman@law.ox.ac.uk"


New Gaibe  

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Private legal practice

 
Shamima Gaibie  

 

Specialisation

Shamima specialises in employment law, commercial law and public sector law dealing with regulatory, administrative and procurement law matters

Bio in brief

Shamima specialises in employment law, commercial law and public sector law dealing with regulatory, administrative and procurement law matters. Shamima has extensive experience representing employers, employees, trade unions, various public bodies and government departments.

Shamima has litigated in all the courts including Labour and Labour Appeal Court, The Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court. Shamima served as an acting judge in both the Labour Court and the High Court. She lectured in the Labour Law Masters Programme at the School of Law, University of Witwatersrand and previously lectured undergraduate students at the University of Witwatersrand in advanced labour law and law of contract. Shamima has authored numerous legal articles and various texts and journals. Shamima is also a former president of the Southern African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW).

She received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Witwatersrand in 1988 and a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London). She has practiced for more than 20 years after completion of her articles.

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shamima@cth.co.za


New Graham  

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Director

Fairwork Foundation

 
Prof Mark Graham  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

Mark Graham is the Director of the Fairwork Foundation. He is also the Professor of Internet Geography at the Oxford Internet Institute, a Faculty Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, a Senior Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, a Research Affiliate in the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, a Research Associate at the Centre for Information Technology and National Development in Africa at the University of Cape Town, and a Visiting Researcher at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung and Technische Universität Berlin.

Mark is an economic geographer with an interest in how digital technologies and digitally-mediated practices affect economic and social inequalities. His research focuses on economic development, labour, power, participation, and representation. His recent books include The Gig Economy, Society and the Internet, and Digital Economies at Global Margins. You can find a full list of his publications on his website, http://www.markgraham.space/publications/.

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mark.graham@oii.ox.ac.uk


New Helm  

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Labour Law 4.0 niche

 
Dr Ruediger Helm  

 

Specialisation

Representation of workers work councils and their trade unions

Bio in brief

He is a lawyer in Munich and a research affiliate of SALDRU/UCT. He is specialised on the representation of workers work councils and their trade unions.Before he studied he was chair of a general works council of a German steak house chain. He is a member and a supporter of trade unions. Ruediger is founder and member of several international networks of lawyers.

His activities include research and strategic litigation.

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"rahelm@t-online.de"


New Kocher  

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Director

Law Faculty, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

 
Prof Eva Kocher  

 

Specialisation

Equality law, antidiscrimination law and feminist legal theory,

Bio in brief

She studied the law in Tübingen and Hamburg. Since 2018, she is also Vice-President for Learning and Teaching at this University. Eva Kocher is a labour lawyer with a longstanding research focus in equality law, antidiscrimination law and feminist legal theory, topics which also provide the background to her research on working time, part-time and working time regulation.

A second research focus of relevance to this project is her work on transnational standards in global supply chains, in the context of socio-legal studies on enforcement and mobilisation of the law. It has led her to researching possible tensions between norms from different legal contexts such as labour rights and human rights. In the last few years, she has been focussing on legal questions around digitalisation of work, namely on digital platform work and directed various interdisciplinary research projects on the subject.

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Kocher@europa-uni.de


New Liebman  

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Labour Law 4.0 niche

 
Prof Wilma Liebman  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

President Obama named Wilma Liebman to be Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board in January 2009. She served as Chairman until August 27, 2011, when her third term expired. Since then, she has been engaged in various advisory roles and consulting projects and has taught at several universities, most recently New York University Law School.

Ms. Liebman was first appointed to be a Member of the NLRB by President Clinton and was twice reappointed by President Bush. Earlier, she served as Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and held positions as Labor Counsel for the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, and Legal Counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

She holds an A.B. degree from Barnard College, and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute and a senior fellow of the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations. She is the Co-Chair of the Council of Advisors at the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at the New School, and as of June 2020 will serve as President-Elect of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.

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wbliebman@gmail.com


New Mwdwaba  

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Labour Law 4.0 niche

TZoro IBC

 
Prof Mthunzi Mdwaba  

 

Specialisation

Labour law

Bio in brief

Productivity SA Chairman (DEL Ministerial appointment), Chairman of the Business Human Rights & Responsible Business Conduct Policy Working Group of the IOE,

South African Norwegian Association (SANA) Chairman & Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

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mthunzi@tzoro.com


Main Default Bw  

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Labour Law 4.0 niche

 
Prof Achim Seifert  

 

Specialisation

His main fields of interest are European and International Labour Law as well as Comparative Labour Law and include in particular Employee Data Protection and Employee Participation.

Bio in brief

Achim Seifert serves as Member of the Editorial Board of the European Labour Law Journal (ELLJ), the Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal (CLLPJ) and of the Revue de droit comparé du travail et de la sécurité sociale.

He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Bordeaux, Leuven, Nantes, Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and at the University Luigi Bocconi in Milan.

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achim.seifert@uni-jena.de


New Smith  

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Labour Law 4.0 niche

 
Alistair Smith  

 

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Bio in brief

He holds a MPhil degree in Development Studies from the University of Sussex. During the eighties, as an anti-apartheid student activist, he was also involved in the ‘coloured’ townships around Johannesburg in community organizing and labour solidarity activities. He joined the Metal and Allied Workers Union (later NUMSA) in 1986 where he served in different capacities, including as local organizer, national negotiator and research coordinator. After 1994, he worked as the local trade union coordinator of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and was also employed as a research coordinator at the National Labour Economic Development Institute, linked to Cosatu. He later occupied leadership positions in key labour market institutions, including the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) and the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council. (MEIBC). He also worked for the ILO as a specialist in Social Dialogue and Labour administration, in South Asia.

He is particularly interested in better understanding and investigating the dynamics of a rapidly changing world of work from the perspective of the global south, especially in relation to the digital economy and its implications for governance, worker organization and collective action.

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New Weiss  

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Institut fuer Arbeitsrecht Goethe Universitaet

 
Prof Manfred Weiss  

 

Specialisation

German, International, European and Comparative Labour Law

Bio in brief

Professor emeritus since 2008.

Visiting Professor in many universities all over the world. 2000 - 2003 President of ILERA. 1998 - 2002 Deputy President of German Lawyers' Association (DJT). For many years Consultant to the International Labour Organisation since 1980 and to the Commission of the EU. Technical Assistance to many countries (including South Africa).

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"M.Weiss@jur.uni-frankfurt.de"


New Fredricks  

ADMINISTRATOR

Labour Law 4.0 niche

Labour Law 4.0 Administrator

University of Western Cape

 
Michelle Fredericks  

 

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Bio in brief

The Building industry has provided Michelle with over 13 years experience in Procurement. She is currently employed as Centre Administrator of the Labour Law Niche area in the Mercantile Department, Law Faculty. Her experience also ranges from Stock-taking, Data capturing, Events and Conferencing Administration at SAMRC.

Her studies includes Procurement, Bookkeeping and Office Administration. Michelle has a strong sense of integrity, great organisation and negotiating skills and possess the ability to interact with people from diverse cultures. This has proved to be a very valuable asset in her new role at LABOUR LAW ONLINE.

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New Swartz  

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Labour Law 4.0 niche

Administrator HR and Finance

University of Western Cape

 
Annalize Swartz  

 

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Bio in brief

During her professional career, she has developed a passion for working with the public as she worked with non-profit organisations. Her experience stretches further where she has worked with several Publishers, doing typesetting of Discussion Papers, brochures, biographical books for NGO clients, amongst which are Wits University Press, the Brenthurst Foundation, the Centre for Enterprise and Development, SAIIA, and others. This experience has resulted in Annalize having a keen eye for detail and a strong work ethic. Since early in her professional career she has worked at several financial institutions, including Barclays Bank, Wesbank and First National Bank including a temporary position with a small accountancy firm. Furthermore, she has held several positions as Personal Assistant, amongst which are ESKOM Line Transmission, Mondi Paper Exports and a Financial Advisor at First National Bank. She explored the Education sector where she was trained to teach children with Autism. Additionally, she was employed as a temporary Monitor, assisting Grade 1–7 learners in a Learning Centre.

Being the owner of several small businesses has given Annalize the ability to manage staff and important business components. She has extensive experience in high-level administrative and supportive functions and the ability to provide practical solutions to problems.

Her formal education has included a diploma in Theology, THRASS (teaching reading, writing and spelling skills), Bookkeeping, Administration, (current: Business Management). This has proved to be valuable in her position as Office Manager at the Social Law Project, where she has gained much experience with the University administrative systems.

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Labour Law 4.0 niche

Administrator: Education

University of Western Cape

 
Tenille Williams  

 

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Her experience and knowledge gained from her studies in business assist her in overseeing the administrative operational processes of the Labour Law programmes offered by Social Law Project. Her information management skills enable effective and efficient reporting on various operational processes and student performance.

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Arbeidsmarketresearch UvA BV (ARR) is affiliated with the Labour Law department of the University of Amsterdam and was founded in 2010 by Professor Evert Verhulp. ARR develops digital, legal knowledge systems in the field of labour law. Its main goal is to make the law more accessible and give users insight into their legal position.

 

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Since the inception of the CoLab for eInclusion and Social Innovation at the University of the Western Cape (2009) and the establishment of the partnership with national government, it regarded its role as providing research-based thought leadership in terms of the national and provincial discourse and action agenda towards equitable digital inclusion and competitiveness in the digital economy.

To this end, the CoLab participated in national and especially provincial processes to further the digital skills agenda and to develop research outputs, learning content and products for the benefit of the national network of CoLabs and in support of the national digital skills agenda.

Over the past 6 years the CoLab has actively developed its ecosystem of entrepreneurial digital inclusion intermediaries all over the province. The CoLab has invested in the development of this network of trusted delivery partners in order to build our capacity to more sustainable scale our interventions.

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There are now tens of millions of digital platform workers that live all over the world, doing work that is outsourced via platforms or apps.

Platform work provides essential income and opportunities to many. However, lacking protection from employment law or collective bodies, many platform workers face low pay, precarity, and poor and dangerous working conditions.

Fairwork is committed to highlighting best and worst practices in the emerging platform economy. We have brought together platforms, workers, trade unions, regulators, and academics to set global principles for fair work in the platform economy. Those principles have been revised in a series of tripartite workshops in South Africa, India, and Germany. Using those principles, we give every platform a ‘fairness’ score.

Fairwork draws on the expertise of staff at the Universities of Oxford, Cape Town, Manchester, and the Western Cape in work practices and working conditions on digital labour platforms. Project staff work to translate our principles into measurable thresholds, conduct rigorous research to evaluate platforms against those thresholds, and publish our results in a transparent manner.

 

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The Hugo Sinzheimer Institute for Labour and Social Security Law (HSI) is a research institute of the Hans Böckler Foundation based in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). In the spirit of Sinzheimer, the HSI cultivates an understanding of labour and social security law research that integrates different aspects and includes sociological, legal policy, international and comparative law elements. International law plays a special role, especially the Europeanisation of labour law.

The Institute's fields of work cover the entire field of labour law, with a focus on collective and international labour law, as well as related social security law. It does not only want to pursue fundamental questions and conduct research, but also to deal with topics of current and practical importance for employees, trade unions and works councils in general. It makes an active contribution to the legal policy debates and aims to make the discussion more objective with scientifically substantiated arguments. To this end, the HSI organises conferences and commissions expert opinions from renowned legal scholars. In addition, it participates in scientific and legal policy discussions by giving lectures, issuing statements, participating in various committees and workshops, and publishing its own papers.

 

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The Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) aims to bring together academics, practitioners, and policy-makers from across the globe to advance the understanding and protection of human rights and equality. Through the vigorous exchange of ideas and resources, we strive to facilitate a better understanding of human rights principles, to develop new approaches to policy, and to influence the development of human rights law and practice.

OxHRH is based in the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and is directed by Professor Sandra Fredman, the Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA. The Hub is managed by a team of dedicated academics and students.

The Oxford Human Rights Hub strives to build a global community around human rights issues by enhancing the understanding of human rights law and practice.

We harness the power of technology to create a rich and freely accessible body of research and learning tools for students, teachers, academics and advocates of human rights both in Oxford and beyond.