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Professor Deirdre Mccann


Professor in the Durham Law School


Deirdre McCann is a Professor at Durham Law School. Her research is in the field of labour law and policy at the domestic 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 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 DecentWork [], 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[].

Professor McCann supervises PhD students in the fields of domestic, international and comparative labour law and policy, including in the areas of discrimination and human rights. She welcomes expressions of interest from prospective PhD and MJur students.


Research Interests

  • Labour Law (UK, EU, international)
  • Non-standard work
  • Working conditions
  • Measurement of labour regulation
  • Legal regulation in low-income settings


Research Projects

Decent Work for Domestic Workers

Model Law on Working Time in Domestic Work


Selected Publications

Books: authored

Regulating Flexible Work 2008 Oxford University Press

Books: edited

Regulating for Decent Work: New Directions in Labour Market Regulation 2011 Palgrave/International Labour Organization (with Sangheon Lee)

Journal papers: academic

New Frontiers of Regulation: Domestic Work, Working Conditions and the Holistic Assessment of Non-Standard Work Norms 2012 Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal

Edited works: contributions

Decent Working Hours as a Human Right: Intersections in the Regulation of Working Time 2010. In Colin Fenwick & Tonia Novitz (eds.) Legal Protection of Workers' Human Rights: Regulatory Changes and Challenges Hart

Measuring Labour Market Institutions: Conceptual and Methodological Questions on ‘Working Hours Rigidity’ 2008. In Janine Berg & David Kucera, (eds.) In Defence of Labour Market Institutions: Cultivating Justice in the Developing World Palgrave/ILO (with Sangheon Lee)

Working Time Capability: Towards Realizing Individual Choice 2006. In Jean-Yves Boulin, Michel Lallement, Jon C. Messenger & François Michon Decent Working Time: New Trends, New Issues ILO (with Sangheon Lee)

Official reports

The Legal Regulation of Working Time in Domestic Work 2010 International Labour Organization (with Jillian Murray)

Research interests

  • Labour Law (UK, EU, International)
  • Legal regulation in low-income settings
  • Measurement of labour regulation
  • Non-Standard Work
  • Working Conditions


Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

Edited book

Journal Article

Other (Print)


Supervision students