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Faculty Seminar | Informality at Work – Towards a Law on Livelihoods?

November 8, 2023

In this week’s faculty seminar, Prof. Kamala Sankaran will be presenting her paper titled “Informality at Work – Towards a Law on Livelihoods?” on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.  Prof. Sony Pellissery will be the discussant.


This paper is a chapter in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Law of Work edited by Guy Davidov, Brian Langille, and Gillian Lester. This chapter examines the manner in which informality and related concepts are defined in the law and statistics, and how these can be better aligned to capture the reality of changes in the world of work. The chapter focuses on the categories of work, labour, employment and work arrangements, and argues for a law on livelihoods to capture the myriad forms of informal employment.