CONFERENCE: International Conference On Future of Work, Labour Policy & the Law, NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITY, DELHI.

CONFERENCE: International Conference On Future of Work, Labour Policy & the Law, NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITY, DELHI.

The New Economic / Industrial Policy 1991 and the consequent liberalization of Indian economy have, on one hand, increased economic activities while on the other hand, have caused contractualization / casualisation of employment relations. The in-formalization of employment relations has further enlarged the informal economy that is infested with the precarious work conditions. Further the capital intensive methods of production with segmentation of production processes has come to question the future of work across the Globe. The so-called white-collar workers are engaged in jobs that were earlier earmarked for blue-collar workers. Quite apart from this, the challenges faced from robots, automation, including the surge  of artificial intelligence in the industrial production have opened a new arena for re-formulation of labour policy and the law. The Corporates, pursuant to globalization and inherent competition, have generally been adopting labour rationalization policies in order to reduce costs and be competitive. In order to meet the aforesaid situation several developed and developing countries have introduced plans like Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS), lay-offs/retrenchment, and closures both in the organized and the unorganized sectors. A significant shift has taken place in the employment from permanent to temporary, casual and short term contract employment. This has weakened the collective bargaining machinery. Instances are not lacking where permanent workers in non-core activities are removed and replaced by contractual workers either through outsourcing to other firms or direct recruitment. Further, some States in India have exempted several small establishments from the purview of labour inspection. On the other hand, some employers have even offered the lower wages to the workforce as a condition for the reopening of closed industries. In the background of non-existence of any form of social protection, workmen have accepted such offers. Moreover, under the WTO regime, labour and economic policies seem to be resulting in the closure or disappearance of many companies, especially, those engaged in consumer goods. The major issue that emerges, is how the industrial units which are sick or closed or under liquidation, due to the worldwide economic crisis need to be facilitated.

The Conference will deliberate on the contemporary issues relating to the future of work, labour policy and the law. In this context, an attempt would be made to draw lessons from the best practices followed in various countries.


  • Labour market and Role of Social Partners including workers’ organizations / association
  • Contract Labour – Law and Policies
  • Legal Protection and Social Security to Unorganized / Informal workers
  • Skill Development – Law & Policy
  • Women worker, Maternity Act and employability
  • Globalization, International Labour Standards and Decent Work
  • Hard vs. Soft Laws
  • Challenges of Robotics, Automation, including the surge of Artificial Intelligence
  • Social Security and Unemployment Insurance
  • Labour Law Reforms
  • Ease of doing business and protection of Rights of Workers
  • Fixed Term Appointment
  • Voluntary / Premature Retirement
  • Employment in SDG
  • Street Hawkers, Sewage workers, Domestic Workers, Security Guards, etc.

Any other topic directly related to the main theme of the Conference

Conference Venue: Centre for Transparency & Accountability in Governance, The National Law University – Delhi, Sector 14, Dwarka, New Delhi 110078, INDIA, Email:;


  • The Authors should apply research skills and appropriate research methodology.
  • The research paper should be thematic, and desired to be linked to the sub-themes. It should have proper research questions and should also reflect the findings.
  • The length of research paper should not be more than 8000 words. It must be typed in Times New Roman, Font Size 12 on A4 size paper with 1″ margin on all sides with 1.5 line spacing using MS Word application. Footnotes should follow SILC standard of footnoting. Endnotes are not allowed.
  • At the end of the paper, there should be a brief profile of the author with E-mail ID, contact number, and address. The author must also certify its originality and that the submitted paper has not been published elsewhere.
  • An abstract of minimum 500 words should be submitted first. It must indicate methodology adopted, hypothesis and likely outcome.

Important Deadlines:

  • Abstract Submission: 05thSept, 2018
  • Approved Abstract notification: 15thSept,2018
  • Submission of complete papers: 15th Oct 2018

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