Human rights challenges posed by the fourth industrial revolution - The Uber case (Thesis)

The thesis analyses the way in which the fourth industrial revolution is affecting the right to work, rights at work and to social protection and the capacity of states to protect, respect and fulfil those rights. It offers a discussion of the gig economy from a human rights perspective focused on rights at work and an applied case-law analysis on the misclassification of drivers by Uber Technologies Inc.; with an appendix of Uber case-law. The paper takes Uber as a case study and analyses the benefits and challenges of their business model, expanding on the challenges posed by the classification of drivers as independent contractors. The case study analyses the national and international legislation relevant for employment contract law, with a special focus on social and economic rights.

Andreassen, A. (2017), 'Human rights challenges posed by the fourth industrial revolution - The Uber case,' Thesis for the Faculty of Law: University of Oslo, Norway.


  • Uber
  • transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work
  • EU28, Norway, United States
  • 2017
  • Case study-platform, Research publication
  • employment status, legal issues, social protection
  • English
  • University of Oslo (Research institute)
  • Qualitative research
  • Open access
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