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What’s Informality got to do with It? Domestic Work, the Employment Relationship and Social Justice

July 27, 2016 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Based on a chapter of Professor Blackett’s in-progress book, entitled Everyday Transgressions: Domestic Workers’ Transnational Challenge to Labour Law, this lecture will engage with recent international standard setting on transitioning from informality to the formal economy, to question the reification of the binary. Professor Blackett will in particular explore the paradox of treating domestic workers as a classic example of “informal employment”, both from historical and contemporary perspectives. She will argue for closer engagement with the strong pluralist normativity that surrounds the “home workplace,” as an example of how to begin to reimagine a labour law that takes representation, recognition and redistribution seriously.

About Professor Blackett:

Adelle Blackett, Ad. E., is Professor of Law and William Dawson Scholar at the Faculty of Law, McGill University. She is also a Quebec human rights and youth rights commissioner. She holds a B.A. in History from Queen’s University, civil law and common law degrees from McGill, and an LL.M. and a doctorate in law from Columbia University. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Quebec Bar. She teaches and researches in the areas of labour and employment law, trade law, law and development and critical race theory. She is widely published in the emerging field of transnational labour law.


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