Professors César F. Rosado Marzán and Sergio Gamonal C will lead a discussion on their latest book: Principled Labor Law: US Labor Law through a Latin American Method. This session is co-hosted with the Oxford Labour Law Discussion Group.

The gig economy, precarious work, and nonstandard employment have forced labor law scholars to rethink their discipline. Perspectives based on capabilities, a "third way," and laissez-faire all now vie for attention. This book introduces another approach: principled labor law, based on a Latin American perspective, using a jurisprudential method focused on worker protection. The authors apply this methodology to the least likely case of labor-protective jurisprudence in the industrialized world, the United States, to show how principled labor law can provide consistent, labor-protective jurisprudence to the world. 

Sergio Gamonal C. is a full professor at the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez of Chile. He has a degree in legal and social sciences (University of Chile). He has taught at the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez since 1992, and has directed its labor law magister for various years. He has written sixteen books and numerous articles focusing mostly on labor law, with attention to European, U.S. and Latin American law.

César F. Rosado Marzán is professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he also co-directs the Institute for Law of the Workplace. He has a PhD in Sociology (Princeton) and a JD (U. of Pennsylvania). His scholarship includes empirical and doctrinal research centering on U.S., Latin American, European, and international labor law.

Professor Anne Davies, University of Oxford will be the respondent. She is the Dean of the Oxford Law Faculty and Professor of Law and Public Policy. Professor Davies has authored at least three texts on labour law: Perspectives on Labour Law, published by Cambridge University Press in the Law in Context series in 2004, with a second edition in 2009, EU Labour Law, published by Elgar in 2012, and Employment Law, published by Pearson in 2015. Her interests in the labour law field are wide-ranging, encompassing international, European and domestic law. Her current research focuses on job security and issues surrounding casual work and working time. She also gives lectures in Labour Law for undergraduates and co-teaches the BCL/M.Jur. course in Human Rights at Work. 

Professor Mark Freedland, University of Oxford, will chair the session.