Part of the Annual Phillipa Weeks Lecture series
In 2011, the International Labour Organisation created a Convention on Domestic Work, which aims to shape legalprotections for the many millions of maids, carers, nannies,cooks and others around the world who perform paid work inthe home. The Convention provides us with the opportunity toassess where international labour law is at in its treatment of ‘nonstandardwork’, the integration of a human rights focus in labourlaw, the evolution of working time norms and the design of legaltechniques for implementation and enforcement. What are thelessons for Australian labour law—for the regulation of domesticwork, for care work generally and for the future regulation of the‘standard employment relationship’ itself?
Dr Jill Murray is an Associate Professor in the Law School, La Trobe University. Her doctoratein law, awarded by Oxford University, analysed the respective roles of the International LabourOrganisation (ILO) and the European Union as regulators of working time. Since then, shehas continued to research in this field, and in 2010 with Dr Deirdre McCann of ManchesterUniversity, produced a report on working time in domestic work as part of the ILO’spreparations for the 2011 Convention on Domestic Work. Dr Murray has published widely oninternational and Australian labour law, and is co-author with Rosemary Owens and JoellenRiley of the second edition of The Law of Work (OUP).