Judy joined Kent Law School in September 2013. She began her academic career at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1987, where she stayed until 2006, when she became Lansdowne Chair and Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria, Canada.
Judy has a BA (Hons) in philosophy from McGill University, an MA in philosophy form York University (Canada), an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a DPhil in law from the University of Oxford. Judy was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2013 for her contribution to labour law scholarship.
Judy's books include Labour Before the Law: The Regulation of Workers? Collective Action in Canada, 1900 to 1948 (with Eric Tucker); Temporary work, agencies, and unfree labour: Insecurity in the new world of work (with Kendra Strauss); Challenging the Legal Boundaries of Work Regulation (with Kamala Sankaran, and Shae McCrystal); Constitutional Labour Rights in Canada: Farm Workers and the Fraser Case (with Fay Faraday and Eric Tucker); Work on Trial: Canadian Labour Law Struggles (with Eric Tucker); and Precarious Work, Women, and the New Economy: The Challenge to Legal Norms (with Rosemary Owens).
Judy's research interests include:
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Labour and employment law (Canadian, UK, European, and International)
Immigration and work
Human rights and citizenship at work
Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository
Named/ Endowed Lectures
“Women Workers: Is Equality Enough”, Kent University Open Lecture January 16, 2013.
“Equality Laws Hamper Women’s Progress, The Telegraph, January 18, 2012.
“Labour Rights as Human Rights: The Role of Courts,” Catherine Helen McLeod Memorial Lecture, Common Law Section, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa,January 10, 2011.
“Brave New Words: Labour Rights and The Charter.” Distinguished Lecture, Windsor Access to Justice Yearbook, University of Windsor Law School, Windsor, March 9, 2009.
“The New Workplace: Surveying the Landscape,” 2007 Issac Pitblado Lectures, The Law Society of Manitoba, Winnipeg, November 9, 2007.
“‘Labour is Not a Commodity’: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Freedom of Association,” Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Lecture, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, February 23, 2004.
“Work-Life Balance: A New Gender Contract?,” Third Annual Women’s Studies Lecture, University of Alberta, January 27, 2004; Roundtable on Family and Work Balance and New Employment Relationships, Adelaide University, February 9, 2006.
“Privatization, Law and the Challenge to Feminism,” Marlene Cano Lecture, University of Ottawa, March 12, 2003.
“New Wine into Old Bottles? Updating Legal Forms to Reflect Changing Employment Norms,” Douglas McK. Brown Lecture, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, 1999.
“Rungs on the Labour Law Ladder: Using Gender to Challenge Hierarchy,” University of Saskatchewan College of Law Public Lecture, University of Saskatchewan, 1996.
“Labour Law's Little Sister: The Feminization of Labour and the Employment Standards Act,” Lansdowne Lecture, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, February 13, 1991.