Institute of Employment Rights

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"The Institute of Employment Rights is a think tank for the labour movement and a charity. We exist to inform the debate around trade union rights and labour law by providing information, critical analysis, and policy ideas through our network of academics, researchers and lawyers.

"We were established in February 1989 as an independent organisation to act as a focal point for the spread of new ideas in the field of labour law. In 1994 the Institute became a registered charity."[1]  


Accessed May 2013: [2]  

  • Honorary Life President- Jim Mortimer has been involved in the Institute since its inauguration in 1989 during which time he has been an EC member, a Vice President and in 2009 was made an Honorary Life President.
  • President - Professor Keith Ewing is Professor of Public Law at King's College London. He has written extensively on labour law including recognition procedures and international standards
  • Chairman - John Hendy QC is a leading employment law barrister, operating from Old Square Chambers London, and H P Higgins Chambers in Sydney Australia. He is also vice-chairman of the International Centre for Trade Union Rights (ICTUR)and Joint Secretary to the United Campaign for the Repeal of Anti Trade Union Laws. John is standing counsel to UNITE, ASLEF,CWU, NUJ, NUM, POA, RMT and UCU.
  • Treasurer - Geoffrey D. Shears works for Union Solidarity International, which links trade unionists across the world with the aim of building a grassroots union solidarity using the latest technology.
  • Director - Carolyn Jones has been the Institute's Director since its foundation in 1989.

Vice Presidents

The Executive Committee



Resources and articles

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  1. Institute of Employment Rights About, organizational web page, accessed May 20, 2013.
  2. Institute of Employment Rights People, organizational web page, accessed May 20, 2013.