Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Research Student: George Wilson

PhD Candidate in Law

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I joined the School of Law in October 2011 and competed an LLM with the financial support of a Sidney Perry Foundation scholarship. In October 2012 I began my PhD, which is fully funded by the School of Law. In the summer of 2014 I was a Visiting Scholar at the Global Legal Studies Center, and the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin Law School, USA. This position was funded by the Worldwide Universities Network and was part of my research project ‘Exploring ‘New’ Normative Hybridity in European Industrial Relations’. In June I will be a TLSI Fellow at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.

Research Interests

My PhD explores the idea of a European Union minimum wage policy and develops a method for its implementation based upon transnational collective bargaining and a hybrid approach to the design of regulation.

My research covers the areas of labour law, industrial relations, European law, jurisprudence, and governance and regulation.

I have a broad interest in minimum wages. In November 2015 I was invited to Belo Horizonte, Brazil to attend the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Brazilian trade union research institute DIEESE’s ‘International Conference on Minimum Wages’ as an expert speaker on the UK’s national minimum wage. I have also been interviewed on national radio and invited to write for online publications on living wages and the development of the UK’s national minimum wage.


At Leeds I have taught on the core Jurisprudence and Law and Legal Skills modules and the optional Jurisprudence Book Review module.


Book Chapters

  • ‘The View from Law and New Governance: A Critical Appraisal of Hybridity in Peace and Development Studies’ in Nicolas Lemay-Hebert and Rosa Freedman (eds) Hybridity: Law, Culture and Development (Routledge Forthcoming 2016)

Policy Papers

Media Articles

Research Presentations

I have been invited and funded to present my research nationally and internationally, including in Brazil, Italy, Sweden and the USA. In September 2014 I was invited to serve as part of the UK PhD delegation at the Pontignano labour law conference.

Media Contact

I have recently been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Lincolnshire on the introduction of the national living wage (links to both are provided below).

I am happy to discuss issues relating to my research, in particular the UK’s national minimum wage and employment law more generally.

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