Deirdre McCann is Professor of Law and Policy at Durham Law School. Her research is in the field of labour law and policy at the domestic, EU and international levels. It has a particular focus on the influence of flexibility discourses on labour market regulation, precarious work, the measurement and comparison of labour law regimes and the influence of state norms in low-income settings. Her publications include Unacceptable forms of work: a multidimensional model, International Labour Review (with Judy Fudge, 2017); Creative Labour Regulation (Palgrave 2014) and Regulating Flexible Work (Oxford University Press 2008).
A former official of the International Labour Office in Geneva, Professor McCann has substantial experience in advising international policy actors, governments, and civil society organisations on labour law and policy. In recent years she has acted as an independent expert to the European Commission on the revision of the EU Working Time Directive and International Labour Organization on the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No 189). Professor McCann is a founder and Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee of the international research Network on Regulating for Decent Work, a global interdisciplinary network of researchers and policy-makers that promotes innovative approaches to labour market regulation. She is on the editorial board of the Industrial Law Journal and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Labour Law Research Network.
Karina Patricio Ferreira Lima is a doctoral researcher, part-time tutor and Modern Law Review Scholar at Durham Law School. She is a research assistant in the ESRC/GCRF Strategic Network on Legal Regulation of Unacceptable Forms of Work. Karina's research interests lie in the role of law in the world's political and economic organisation, especially under a distributive perspective. Her doctoral research aims to contribute to the political economy foundations of an international law on sovereign insolvency. Karina speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.