Institute of Development & Labour Law

Current Projects

The IDLL has a number of current projects including:

  • Labour Market Regulation in South Africa and the SADC Region. This project seeks to derive comparative lessons from similar developments in South East Asia. The project is being conducted in collaboration with the Centre of Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

  • ILO related activities - Professors Kalula, Benjamin and Cheadle are instrumental in the work of the ILO. Professor Benjamin is actively involved in the drafting of labour laws in the southern African region, Professor Cheadle is a member of the committee of experts appointed to review government reports on ratified conventions and Professor Kalula has recently been appointed to an ILO commission of inquiry to investigate complaints of non-observance of freedom of association by Zimbabwe.

  • Sports Law is offered as a Certificate Course by the Faculty's Professional Development Project and is the subject of relevant articles by Rochelle le Roux.

  • Social Security is a joint project with a number of SADC universities and agencies and their work has culminated in the submission of a draft Code to the Integrated Committee of Ministers for consideration.

  • Agricultural law and policy reviews statutes administered by the Department of Agriculture and looks at property rights in plant resources.

The Labour and Enterprise Project (LEP) within the IDLL

The primary objective of the Labour and Enterprise Project is to undertake legal, socio-legal and social scientific research regarding policy, legislation and the regulatory framework applicable to labour relations, employment, the organisation of work and small enterprises in South and Southern Africa. Within the ambit of the above objective, six specific areas of focus have been identified. The core activities of the Project are thus to undertake research on these topics, or areas of focus:

  • New trends in employment and the organisation of work
  • Organisational/Institutional challenges and regulatory responses
  • Trade, industrial and labour market policy
  • Workplace restructuring
  • Skills development
  • Empowerment and co-operation.