This course provides an introduction to the study of social law and labour and the distinct methodological concerns that present themselves to legal scholars in this field. In doing so, it focuses, among other things, on the challenges of comparing the social legislation of different countries, the increasing role of labour markets in the African context and beyond in relation to social policy, development and the importance of interdisciplinary and historical approaches to this multi-layered field of research.

Join us for a twenty-hour course, presented over five days.

When and where?

12 to 16 August 2024, 8:00 to 12:00 SAST

This course will be held remotely, most likely on Zoom - exact details will be sent to registered participants a few days before the course.

Course outline

  • What is social law? And how can it be studied by legal scholars, bearing in mind that vastly different approaches to social policy exist across the globe?
  • Welfare states, and the social laws that structure them, tend to be highly specific to their national contexts, reflecting the distinct values, traditions and economic possibilities of individual national communities
  • Welfare states and interconnected, supranational, international and transnational developments increasingly shaping today’s social legislation.
  • Social legislation as field of law that has to respond swiftly to economic crises and technological developments, so as to be able to serve its purpose of ensuring equitable social protection
  • Social law is a highly dynamic field, continuously adapting to the demands of labour market, globalization and digitalisation, as well as having to offer swift and innovative responses
  • Dynamism of social law and health law - whether one looks at the doctor-patient relationship, the regulation of healthcare financing and access or the implementation of public health measures, etc.
  • Legal foundations of social law, labour and social protection
  • Empirical studies in social law

Who will benefit from this course?

Human rights activists, paralegals, trade union leaders, NGOs


Clement Kasonde Executive Director and Founder of Midlands Labour Academy Zambia Limited; Law Lecturer and HoD - School of Business Studies (Mulungushi University, Kabwe, Zambia)

Abraham Miti Deputy Head of Mission, Zambian Embassy, Rome Italy; LLM in International and European Business Law

How much?

R6,500 per person


A certificate of attendance from UCT will be issued to those who attend the full course.

How to sign up

Complete and submit the registration form. You will then be given the payment information. Please note that your registration is not complete until payment has been made.

Registrations close three days before the course starts.

Download the brochure.

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