PhD Students (completed)

Mrs Rosemary Adishetu Danesi

Rosemary Adishetu Danesi was born in Nigeria. With a Bsc in Sociology and a Masters degree in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, she started her career as a human resource manager in the private sector for five years. Thereafter she took up studies in law and specialised in labour and employment law. She left the private sector and took up a career in teaching at the Business School at the University of Lagos, where she teaches human resource management, industrial relations, industrial psychology,  labour and employment law and business law. In 2005  she was awarded the Fulbright Visiting Scholarship to the College of Law, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for one academic year. At the University of Illinois she worked closely with Professor Mathew Finkin, a Professor of Labour and Employment Law. She is currently on leave to complete a PhD programme in labour and employment  law at the School of Law, University of Essex.


Bsc(Hons) Sociology

Msc(Hons) Industrial Relations & Personnel Management

LLB (Hons)

LLM (Hons)

BL (Barrister at Law) and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Current research

My current research is in Nonstandard Work Arrangements and International Labour Standards.

Research interests

Rosemary's research interests are in the area of new forms of work and its impact on employment relationships and labour standards.

Teaching responsibilities

Rosemary teaches at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

  1. Legal Framework for Industrial Relations.
  2. Understanding the Law Relating to Termination of Employment and Job Security in Nigeria.
  3. Contract Work and Job Security: Issues and Trends.
  4. Industrial Democracy and Workers Participation in Nigeria.
  5. Contract Labour and Freedom of Association: The Need for a Protective Legislation.
  6. The Trade Unions (Amendment) Act, 2005 and Labour Reform in Nigeria: Legal Implications and Challenges.
  7. The Annotation of Trade Dispute Act in Annotation of Nigerian Labour Laws (ed) Bimbo Atilola.
  8. The Annotation of Trade Dispute (Essential Services) Act in Annotation of Nigerian Labour Laws (ed) Bimbo Atilola.
  9. Casualisation and International Labour Standards: The Role of Trade Unions in Nigeria.
  10. The Informal Economy and Nigerian Labour Laws.
Study areas
  • Labour and Employment Law
SupervisorJoint Supervision: Professor Sheldon Leader and Professor Steve Peers
Thesis titleNon-standard Work Arrangements and International Labour Standards: The need for legal reforms in the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria.

This thesis seeks to examine the adequacy of labour laws governing nonstandard work arrangements (NSWAs) in Nigeria in ensuring the rights of nonstandard workers in the work place particularly in the areas of equality and freedom of association. It also examines the conformity of Nigerian labour laws with international labour standards. It is argued that Nigerian labour laws are inadequate and need to be reformed in order to give protection to casual and contract workers in many sectors of the economy especially in the oil and gas industry and to guarantee their right to unionise in order to enable them improve their rights at work. Consequently, a global comparative study of the legal status of nonstandard work and the role of government policy seems necessary, not only to provide an exact picture of the actual legal solutions which have been adopted in different countries to regulate the phenomenon, but also to identify the common trends such as the divergences which characterise those legal structures through different countries and systems. The challenge therefore facing the Nigerian government is how to combat the problems associated with NSWAs in the country by developing a strategy that will not completely eliminate the benefits of this work arrangement to the economy and organisations, but would also ensure that these workers will be accorded protection and rights in the workplace. This study therefore, is aimed at preparing the ground for possible policy decisions and legislations in that area in Nigeria.

  1. International Conference on Social Sciences, 21-24 August, 2008 in Izmir-Turkey. Paper Presented: "Contract Work and Job Security: Issues and Trends."
  2. 15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, Australia, 24-27 August 2009. Paper Presented: "Labour Standards and the Flexible Workforce: Casualisation of Labour under the Nigerian Labour Laws.
  3. International Society for Labour and Social Security Law XIX World Congress at Sofitel Wentworth Sydney, Australia, 1-4 September 2009. Paper Presented: Casualisation and International Labour Standards: The Role of Trade Unions in Nigeria.

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