The LLDRL's mission includes :
- Developing research on the links between labour law, on the one hand, and economic and social development theories and programs, on the other;
- Improving knowledge of the regulation of informal, rural, and domestic labour;
- Studying the working conditions of the African diaspora in western societies;
- Collecting information on these issues and making it accessible to researchers from the North and South;
- Strengthening links between researchers and professors from the North and South;
- Disseminating research results by publishing articles and other works and by holding public conferences, courses, seminars and workshops on the issues identified by the network.
The LLDRL's objective is to further reflection on the interactions between variations in labour law on the one hand, and the social contradictions of the North and South, gender, and race, on the other. This involves re-thinking the evolution of labour law in a context where development policies and the status (notably, gender, race, and ethnicity) of workers appear at the heart of contemporary issues related to the transformation of labour law.
Drawing on the advancements of feminist and postcolonial theories, the Laboratory seeks to examine the exclusion or marginalisation of certain forms of work in traditional labour regulation (such as informal, rural, or domestic labour, the working conditions of migrant workers...) and the impacts of such exclusion on development policies put forward at the national and international levels.
In order to carry out this research, the work is deliberately focused on Sub-Saharan Africa and the African diaspora in countries of the North. Several reasons explain these choices. First, this region and these workers remain marginalized in discussions on globalization and labour law. Second, colonial history, the weight of informal labour in the region, and the fact that it remains one of the main targets of international development policies all justify interest in this area. Finally, the importance of the African diaspora in the economies of countries of both the North and South, the development of temporary immigration programs in certain sectors (domestic labour, agricultural labour...), and the increasing number of undocumented workers explain interest in this social category.
The Laboratory hopes to collect documentation that is not easily accessible, to strengthen research and cooperation between researchers of this region and those of the North, and to contribute to the development of a critical analysis of contemporary discourse and theories on globalization, international development, and labour law. As such, the work involves identifying and, where possible, proposing constructive alternatives to programs currently in place.