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The Right to Work: Legal and Philosophical Perspectives

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The value of work cannot be underestimated in today's world. Work is valuable because productive labour generates goods needed for survival, such as food and housing; goods needed for self-development, such as education and culture; and other material goods that people wish to have in order to live a fulfilling life. A job also generally inspires a sense of achievement, self-esteem and the esteem of others. People develop social relations at work, which can be very important for them. Work brings both material and non-material benefits. There is no doubt that work is a crucial good. Do we have a human right to this good? What is the content of the right? Does it impose a duty on governments to promote full employment? Does it entail an obligation to protect decent work? There is also a question about the right-holders. Do migrants have a right to work, for example? At the same time many people would rather not work. What kind of right is this, if many people do not want to have it? The chapters of this book address the uncertainty and controversy that surround the right to work both in theoretical scholarship and in policymaking. They discuss the philosophical underpinnings of the right to work, and its development in human rights law at national level (in jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, France and the United States) and international level (in the context of the United Nations, the European Social Charter, the International Labour Organization, theEuropean Convention on Human Rights and other legal orders).

Author: Mantouvalou Virginia
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781509913787
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2017

1. Work, its Moral Meaning or Import

David Wiggins
2. Is there a Human Right to Work?
Hugh Collins
3. The Right to Non-Exploitative Work
Virginia Mantouvalou
4. Universalising the Right to Work of Persons with Disabilities: An Equality and Dignity Based Approach
Einat Albin
5. Aristotle, Arendt and the Gentleman: How the Conception of Remuneration Figures in our Understanding of a Right to Work and Be Paid
JE Penner
6. The Right to Work in International Human Rights Law
Colm O'Cinneide
7. The Right to (Decent) Work in a European Comparative Perspective
Mark Freedland and Nicola Kountouris
8. Giving Up on the Human Right to Work
James W Nickel
9. Only Fools and Horses: Some Sceptical Reflections on the Right to Work
Alan L Bogg
10. The Right to Work and the Duty to Work
Amir Paz-Fuchs
11. The French Approach to the Right to Work: The Potential of a Constitutional Right in Ordinary Courts
Sophie Robin-Olivier
12. The Development of Right to Work Theories of Labour Law in Japan: A Comparative Perspective
Kenji Arita
13. Progress Towards the Right to Work in the United Kingdom
H ugh Collins
14. Why Do So Few Employees Return to their Jobs? In Pursuit of a Right to Work Following Unfair Dismissal
Joanna Howe
15. A Right to Work in the United States: Historical Antecedents and Contemporary Possibilities
Katherine VW Stone
16. Working Out the Right to Work in a Global Labour Market
Guy Mundlak
17. The Right to Work and Labour Market Flexibility: Labour Market Governance Norms in the International Order

Kerry Rittich

Virginia Mantouvalou is a Reader in Human Rights and Labour Law, and Co-Director of the Institute for Human Rights at University College London (UCL).

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