Ford Legal Workshop: 2nd Workshop 1967

Labour Law

The 2nd in the series of Legal Workshop which the Institute was able to organise through a grant from the Ford Foundation, was held at Passfield Hall from Monday 10th July to Friday 14th June 1967. The Workshop was concerned with: Labour Law and was organised by Professor K.W. Wedderburn and Mrs Judith Reid, both of the Department of Law, London School of Economics, University of London.

The Workshop was attended by 36 law teachers from universities and technical colleges in the United Kingdom.

Academic Directors:

  • Professor K.W. Wedderburn (Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London)
  • Mrs Judith Reid (Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London)

The Workshop was opened by Professor O. Kahn-Freund, and discussion centred, for the first two and a half days, on the processing of employment disputes. Papers were presented by Professor Charles O. Gregory of the University of Virginia (the Institute's visiting American Professor in Law for 1967), Professor Wedderburn, Sir Denis Barnes of the Ministry of Labour, Professor A. Adlercreutz of Lund University, Sweden, Professor T. Ramm of Giessen University, West Germany, Professor C. Grunfeld of the London School of Economics, Mr G. Doughty, General Secretary of the Draughtsmen's and Allied Technicians' Association, Mr L. Blakeman, Personnel Director, Ford Motor Co. Ltd., and Professor H. Clegg of the University of Warwick (formerly of the Prices and Incomes Board).

The second half of the week was devoted to a consideration of the teaching of labour law, with papers from Dr W.E.J. McCarthy of Nuffield College (Director of research for the Royal Commission on trade Unions and Employers' Associations), Mr J.B. McCartney of Queen's University, Belfast, Dr P. O'Higgins of Christ's College, Cambridge, and Mr G. de N. Clark of University College London.

There was in addition, a discussion on the special problems involved in the study of labour law in universities and technical colleges, led by Dr R.W. Rideout of University College London and Mrs O. Atkin of the London School of Economics, and another on labour law and the professional examinations, between Mr B. Hooberman and Mr P. Pain QC.

The Workshop was delighted to entertain Lord Donovan, Chairman of the Royal Commission on Trade Unions and Employers' Associations, as guest of honour at a dinner for participants.

The Workshop was felt to have been most valuable, particularly in bringing together a number of people both from different disciplines closely connected with labour law and from different legal systems whose solutions to problems of employment were of considerable interest to labour lawyers in the United Kingdom.


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