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Portrait of Niklas Selberg. Photo.

Niklas Selberg

Senior lecturer

Portrait of Niklas Selberg. Photo.

Decolonizing Labour Law: A Conversation with Professor Adelle Blackett


  • Amin Parsa
  • Niklas Selberg

Summary, in English

Professor Adelle Blackett asks ‘what happens when labour law is forced to see itself in historically rooted, relational, and contextualised terms’? While refusing continuity for its own sake, Blackett stresses the need for developing spaces in which alternative and counter-hegemonic narratives about the purpose of (labour) law are taken seriously – those emerging from labour law’s peripheries in colonised land, dispossessed and disenfranchised people in the global South and North. On 31 August 2020, Amin Parsa and Niklas Selberg from Lund University conversed virtually with Professor Blackett to discuss the trajectory of her research and teaching on decolonisation of labour law, as well as the Othering of labour law by even the most progressive factions of international legal scholarship. Professor Blackett also reflects on the significance of the #BLM movement, the role of legal academia in sealing out historical frames of oppression and exploitation, and our responsibility to cultivate a learning environment that enables students to engage with endemic anti-Black discrimination, racism and police brutality. Reflecting on her own entry to academia, Blackett once concluded that we all have ‘homework’ to do, including ‘the redemptive work of transforming the institutions we inhabit, including our universities and law faculties’. Parsa and Selberg conducted this interview in this spirit and as a step in this direction.


  • Department of Sociology of Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Department of Law

Publishing year





Third World Approaches to International Law Review – TWAILR



Document type

Journal article


  • Law


  • Decolonization
  • Labour Law
  • Methodology
  • Domestic Labour
  • Transnational Law
  • Racial Capitalism
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Legal education
  • International Labor Organization
  • International Law



Research group

  • Human Rights Law


  • ISSN: 2563-6693