Labour Law History Research Online Meeting 

Online event, 28 November 2023



Colleagues who are researching or interested in researching the history of labour law are invited to an online meeting to discuss the establishment of an interest group and/or research program. The meeting will involve a guest presentation on the topic of ‘Why Write Labour Law History?’ by Professor Eric Tucker of Osgoode Hall Law School, with a brief response from meeting organisers Rebecca Zahn (Strathclyde), Miriam Kullmann (Radboud) and John Howe (Melbourne).


The motivation behind the meeting is to discuss questions around the purpose and scope of labour law history, how to “do” and write labour law history, what a community of labour law scholars would look like (do we need one and, if so, why and for what?) and how labour law history intersects with other, related disciplines. Another interesting question might be to consider the value of and difficulty of engaging in comparative labour law history. Labour history and legal history are rich fields of scholarship but both are very broad, and labour law is often subsumed in other concerns/interests. We think it would be worthwhile to talk about/think about these things in a labour law specific context.


Following presentations there will be time for discussion among attendees regarding individual research interests and future directions.


Tuesday 28 November from 9am-10am (GMT/UK time) on Zoom. Please register to be sent a Zoom link for the meeting by emailing The Zoom link will be sent the day before the event.