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The people in this column in Benghazi, including migrant workers and possibly refugees, want to enter Egypt to escape the fighting in Libya © UNHCR / F Noy / 2011
The people in this column in Benghazi, including migrant workers and possibly refugees, want to enter Egypt to escape the fighting in Libya

This growing strand of research sits at the intersection of migration and labour law. This commenced as a joint project with Professor Mark Freedland (Faculty of Law & St John’s College), funded by the John Fell Fund, Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), St John’s College Research Centre and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), Oxford. The inaugural seminar took place in June 2012, and led to an edited collection, Migrants at Work: Immigration and Vulnerability in Labour Law (OUP 2014). Reviews note the importance of this in ‘making a very convincing case for the importance of migration and immigration law to scholarly investigations of labour law’ (Ruth Dukes, Modern Law Review). Cathryn’s other publications on this theme include ‘Migrants and Forced Labour: A Labour Law Response’ (2014) and ‘Seasonal Workers and Intra-Corporate Transferees in EU Law: Capital’s Handmaidens?’ (with Mark Freedland, 2016).

Her current work on this theme includes a book chapter on criminalisation of migrants in a novel collection examining the role of criminal law in the workplace: ‘Victim or Perpetrator? The Criminalised Migrant and the Idea of ‘Harm’ in a Labour Market Context’ in Bogg, Collins, Freedland, Herring (eds) Criminality at Work (OUP, 2020, forthcoming). She is also writing the chapter for the Oxford Handbook on International Refugee Law on refugees’ right to work, with Professor Colm O’Cinneide, an expert in international and European social rights protections.

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