Critical Labour Law: Scholarship


A. General

  1. Mahy et al., ‘The Evolution of Labour Law in India’, available here.

B. Labour Law during the Colonial Period

1. V. DeSousa, ‘Modernising the Colonial Labour Subject in India’, (2010)       12(2) Comparative Literature and Culture 1 (available here).

2. _____, ‘The History of the Trade Union Movement’ (available here.)

3. P. Spratt, ‘The Indian Trade Union Movement’, (1927) 9(10) Labour Monthly __, (available here)

4. J.C. Kydd, A History of Factory Legislation in India (University of Calcutta 1920) (available here).

5. B. Bradley, ‘Indian Workers’ Great One-Day Strike’, (1939) Labour Monthly ____ (available here).

6. D. Kooiman, ‘Labour Legislation and the Working Class Movement: Case of Bombay Labour Office, 1934 – 1937’, (1981) 16(44) EPW 1807 (available here) (paywalled).

7. V.K.R. Menon, ‘The Influence of International Labour Conventions on Indian Labour Legislation’, (1956) 73 International Labour Review 551 (1956) (available here) (paywalled).

C. The Origins of Indian Labour Law

1. Shyam Sunder, ‘State in Industrial Relations System in India: From corporatist to neo-liberal?’, (available here).

2. G.M. Advani, ‘State Interventions in Labour Relations: Canada and India’, (1961) Fac. L. Rev. 23 (available here) (paywalled).

D. Industrial Disputes Act

D1. “Workmen”

1. B.R. Sharma, ‘Managerial Employees and Labour Legislation’, (1992) 28(1) Indian Journal of Industrial Relations 1 (available here) (paywalled).

D2. “Industrial Dispute”

1. R. Gopalakrishnan & L. Tortell, ‘Access to Justice, Trade Union Rights, and the Industrial Disputes Act 1947’, (2006) 22(4) International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations 529 (available here) (paywalled).

E. Contract Labour

1. D.S. Saini, ‘The Contract Labour Act 1970: Issues and Concerns’ (2010) 46 Indian Journal of Industrial of Industrial Relations 32 (available here).

F. Equal Pay for Equal Work

  1. Alok Prasanna Kumar, ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’, (2016) 51(49) EPW 14 (available here).


  1. Karl Klare, ‘The Public/Private Distinction in Labour Law’, (1982) 138 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1358 (available here).
  2. Elizabeth Anderson, ‘Liberty, Equality and Private Government’, The Tanner Lectures in Human Values 2015 (available here).
  3. Elizabeth Anderson, Private Government (Princeton University Press 2017), forthcoming.