Professor John Howe


Professor John Howe is Co-Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the Law School. His research interests include labour law, regulatory theory, and corporate accountability, and he teaches in the areas of corporations law, corporate social responsibility and labour law. John is also a member of the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation. John has written extensively on the nature of various mechanisms of labour regulation, and the intersection between state-based regulation and corporate governance. He is presently engaged in research concerning regulatory enforcement of minimum employment standards in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. He is also researching how large business organisations engage in self-regulation of labour practices through internal policy and rule-making processes, and the interaction between these policies and employment laws.

John is Chair of the Steering Committee of the Labour Law Research Network, and is a member of the Organising Committee of the Regulating for Decent Work Network. He is an Editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law.

Prior to commencing an academic career, John worked in private legal practice, and also as a researcher for public policy and advocacy organisations in Washington DC. John was Secretary of the Australian Labour Law Association between 2005 and 2009. He was Deputy Dean of the Law School from 2013-2016.


The Melbourne JD

Melbourne Law Masters

Other School and University Responsibilities

  • Co-Director, Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law
  • Associate Dean (Staff Development)
  • Member of Melbourne School of Government Management Group
  • Chair, Melbourne Law School Reconciliation Working Group

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law
  • Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation
  • Australian Labour Law Association
  • Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand
  • Industrial Relations Society of Victoria
  • The Australia Institute
  • Labour Law Research Network
  • Regulating for Decent Work Network