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Dr Mark Butler

Formerly at Lancaster University

PhD supervision

Dr Butler is happy to consider PhD proposals in the following areas: International Employment/Labour Law: Research into individual rights will be considered.

EU Employment/Labour Law: Free Movement of Workers, Discrimination law, the rights of employees to participate in management decisions, Health and Safety, family-friendly rights, and social policy.

UK Employment Law: any aspect of UK employment law will be considered on the strength of the application.

Current Teaching

  • Law 320 Principles of Employment Law (Convener)
  • Law 321 Principles of EU Employment Law (Convener)
  • Law 105/261a EU Law
  • Law 317 Legal Issues in Business (Convenor)
  • LL.M 201 European Union Law

Research overview

Dr Butler's research interests are centred on UK employment law and EU Labour law, with a particular emphasis on employee rights.


Additional Information

Papers Presented

Mark Butler, "Dilemmas in Age Discrimination", Industrial Law Society Manchester Meeting, 30 November 2009.

Mark Butler, "A Rationale for Age Discrimination Protection in a Globalized Economy" Conference on Legal Education and Globalization, School of Law, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China, 19 September 2009.

Mark Butler, "Westmorland Law Society: Employment Law Update", Westmorland Law Society, September 2009.

Additional Information

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member of the Socio-Legal Scholars Association
  • Member of the Industrial Law Society
  • Volunteer for the Free Representation Unit

Consultancy and Training

Dr Butler is willing to undertake consultancy in relation to organising employment relationships, maintaining such relationships, and employment disputes. He is also willing to provide tailored training courses in relation to employment law, discrimination law, and the resolution ofemployment disputes.

Media Comment

Dr Butler is willing to provide comment for the press and other media in respect of employment law,discrimination law, worker rights andEuropean Union law. He currently writes employment law updates for the Whitehaven News.

Current Research

Currently Dr Butler is conducting research in the area of age discrimination, viewing the protections afforded to workers through comparative analysis. The primary focus of his research is on the position of the age discrimination protections in the context of retirement.

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