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Faculty of Law | University of the Western Cape

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Faculty of Law | University of the Western Cape


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Member of Faculty

Emeritus Professor

University of the Western Cape

Prof Darcy du Toit  


Research niche/s

Coordinator – Labour Law 4.0 niche |


Labour law

Bio in brief

Darcy du Toit is an Emeritus Professor and former Dean of Law at the University of the Western Cape. He currently coordinates the Labour Law 4.0 niche area in the Faculty of Law (which is affiliated to the Labour Law Research Network).

Darcy is a co-investigator on FAIRWORK in the Platform Economy in the Global South in association with the universities of Oxford, Manchester and Cape Town. His research has focused on workplace democratisation, employment equity, strike law, domestic work (contributing to the adoption of ILO Convention 189 of 2011 on domestic workers) and more recently on digital platform work.

As a practitioner he has worked as a labour arbitrator and remains a consultant to Bradley Conradie Halton Cheadle Attorneys, a firm specialising in labour law. Internationally, he has served inter alia as a Vice-President of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law and member of the advisory board of the European Labour Law Network.


'Affirmative action' or 'positive action' in the employment context
An investigation into how non-standard and informal workers can address their vulnerability
Building BRICS for Growth?
Code of Good Practice for the Regulation of Platform Work in South Africa
Do cooperatives offer a basis for worker organisation in the domestic sector
Extending the frontiers of employment regulation: The case of domestic employment in South Africa
Freedom of association, majoritarianism, and the rights of minority unions
From 'platform capitalism' towards a 'sharing economy'
Industrial democracy in South Africa's transition
International Labour Organization Future of Work Initiative: South Africa
Labour Law through the Cases
Labour Relations Law: A Comprehensive Guide
Platform work and social justice
Protection against unfair discrimination in the workplace: Are the courts getting it right?
Protection against unfair discrimination: Cleaning up the Act?
Recognition of the right to strike (terms and conditions apply)
Regulating the informal economy: Unpacking the oxymoron
Repousser les limites de la réglementation du travail
Revisiting strikes in essential services
Should precarious work be the focus of labour law?
South Africa
The extension of Bargaining Council Agreements
The necessary evolution of strike law
The New Labour Bills: An overview and analysis
The right to equality versus employer 'control' and employee 'subordination'
The right to strike in South Africa
The transfer of enterprises and the protection of employment benefits in South and Southern Africa
Towards fairness in the 'sharing economy'
Towards Legal Regulation of Platform Work: Theory and Practice
Unfair Discrimination in the Workplace