5th Annual Donal Nevin Lecture

10 November 2017, 4:45pm - 8:00pm

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Professor Jeremias Prasssl, Oxford University

The Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) are delighted to announce that Professor Jeremias Prassl, University of Oxford will be the guest speaker at this year's Annual Dónal Nevin Lecture.  

Professor Jeremias Prassl  is a Fellow of Magdalen College, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, and Deputy Director of the Faculty’s Institute of European and Comparative Law. He read law at Oxford and Paris II (MA, DPhil) as well as Harvard Law School (LL.M.), and has held visiting positions at institutions including Columbia Law School, the Max Planck Institute Hamburg, UCL, WU Vienna, and Yale Law School. His principal research interests are in the fields of Employment Law, Corporate Law, and European Union Law (with a particular focus on Civil Aviation). 

Title:   'Humans as a Service - the Promise and Perils of Work in the Gig Economy'

Date: 10th November, 2017

Time:  Registration at 16:45, the lecture will run from 17:30 - 19:00 followed by a wine and finger food reception

Venue: The CWU Conference Centre, Communications Workers Unions (CWU), William Norton House, 575-577 North Circular Road, Dublin 1

Details of Lecture:  

Uber, Deliveroo, Amazon’s MTurk, UpWork, TaskRabbit &co: On-demand work in the gig economy has had a profound impact on traditional conceptions of employment relationships. The completion of ‘tasks’, ‘gigs’ or ‘rides’ in the (digital) crowd fundamentally challenges our understanding of work in modern labour markets: gone are the stable employment relationships between firms and workers, replaced by a world in which everybody can be ‘their own boss’, enjoy the rewards – and face the risks – of independent businesses. Litigation between workers, customers, and platforms is on the rise all over the world, with many fundamental questions raised by gig economy work still lacking authoritative answers. 

 Professor Prassl's talk will explore some of the key questions raised in his new book,  Humans as a Service  (Oxford University Press, forthcoming): Is this the future of work? What are the benefits and challenges of working in the gig economy? And is platform work really fundamentally different from existing work arrangements, as many providers claim? Most importantly, how should the law respond and regulate on-demand economy work? 

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