Professor Rosemary Owens appointed to Committee of Experts

Dean of Law lends expert legal knowledge to International Labour Organization

The Dean of Law at the University of Adelaide, Professor Rosemary Owens, has been appointed to the Committee of Experts for the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO), based in Geneva.

The International Labour Organization is an agency that promotes decent working standards and conditions throughout the world. Governments, employers and workers of the ILO member states work collaboratively to help “deliver decent working standards and conditions and fundamental freedoms to millions of people around the world,” Professor Owens says.

The Committee of Experts is comprised of 20 members who are outstanding legal experts both at national and international level.

Professor Owens is the first Australian academic to be appointed to the Committee and only the second Australian appointed, the first being fellow South Australian Supreme Court Justice Robyn Layton.

Professor Owens is proud of her involvement in such organizations and feels honoured to work within the Law School where the students are taught about the influence of international law on the world.

“At the University of Adelaide’s Law School, our students are educated to understand the importance of international law and how it affects them in the legal profession both here in Australia and overseas. To be head of this Law School and to be so keenly involved in these international processes is both a personal and professional honour,” she says.

Rosemary Owens is co-author of The Law of Work (Oxford University Press, 2007). Her other publications include a co-edited collection of essays, entitled Precarious Work, Women and the New Economy: The Challenge to Legal Norms (Hart Publishing, 2006), as well as numerous chapters and articles in other books and journals.

A graduate of the University of Adelaide (LLB (Hons), BA (Hons), DipEd), Professor Owens has been a member of staff with the University of Adelaide’s Law School for more than 20 years.

Read the full story at the University of Adelaide news page.

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