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Prof Virginia Mantouvalou
Faculty of Laws, Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens
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  • Professor of Human Rights and Labour Law
  • Faculty of Laws

Virginia Mantouvalou is Professor of Human Rights and Labour Law. She holds a PhD in Law and LLM in Human Rights from LSE, and an LLB from the University of Athens. For her research, she has been funded through various awards, such as an AHRC grant and a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. She has also received the UCL Provost Public Engagement Award for her research with Kalayaan

She has worked as specialist advisor to the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights and as consultant for the ILO and the Council of Europe. She is on the management board of Kalayaan, the Equal Rights Trust, and the Institute of Employment Rights.

Selected Publications:

V Mantouvalou, 'Welfare to Work, Structural Injustice and Human Rights' (2020)83 Modern Law Review 929

V Mantouvalou, 'Structural Injustice and the Human Rights of Workers' (2020)73 Current Legal Problems 59

H Collins, G Lester, V Mantouvalou (eds), Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law, OUP 2018

Research Summary

Virginia Mantouvalou is Professor of Human Rights and Labour Law.

She has published widely in areas of labour law and human rights. Her research examines issues involving workers’ exploitation, structural injustice, capabilities theory, privacy and free speech at work, protection from unfair dismissal, the right to work, the rights of domestic workers and other migrant workers, prison labour and work in immigration detention, welfare conditionality and modern slavery. 

Her research has appeared in leading journals such as the Modern Law Review, the Journal of Law and Society, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, and the Industrial Law Journal, and has been cited in judicial decisions, including judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

She has received awards for her research, including a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, an AHRC grant, and a UCL Provost Award for Public Engagement for her research collaboration with the NGO Kalayaan (on the rights of domestic workers).

She is Articles Co-Editor of the Modern Law Review, member of the editorial board of the Stanford Studies in Human Rights, Co-Editor of the UK Labour Law Blog and the Studies in Law and Social Justice and was Joint Editor of Current Legal Problems. She has held visiting positions at Georgetown University Law Centre in Washington DC and the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. She has worked as specialist advisor to the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights and as consultant for the ILO and the Council of Europe, and is a trustee of Kalayaan and the Equal Rights Trust.

Her book Structures of Injustice, Workers’ Rights and Human Rights is forthcoming by OUP in 2022. Her most recent co-edited book, Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law (with Hugh Collins and Gillian Lester), was published by OUP in 2018. 

Teaching Summary

Virginia Mantouvalou teaches the undergraduate course Employment Law. For the LLM she convenes and teaches 'Human Rights at Work'. She also teaches on PhD Skills Seminars.

Academic Background
    Doctorat London School of Economics and Political Science
2009   ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow University College London
    Master of Laws London School of Economics and Political Science
    PGCE. University of Leicester
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