The Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law was established in 1994. Its broad aims are to consolidate the teaching of, and research into, labour and employment law at the University of Melbourne, to contribute to the development of labour and employment law teaching and research throughout Australia, and to engage with labour and employment law scholars throughout the world.
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Associates and Teaching Associates
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Learn more about CELRL's valuable sponsors.
CELRL Members are engaged in research in diverse aspects of the broad field of employment and labour law and labour market regulation. Areas of particular interest and expertise include the regulation of individual work relationships, discrimination and inequality in employment and the labour market, the regulation of occupational health and safety, collective labour relations and bargaining, the functions of trade unions and alternative forms of worker representation, corporate governance and labour, enforcement of minimum employment standards, international labour rights and standards, temporary migrant worker rights and unemployment law, labour market policy, and comparative labour and employment law.
- Current Research Projects
Learn about CELRL's current research projects, on topics such as labour regulation In East Asia, employee happiness, temporary migrant labour in Australia, and unfair dismissal.Read more
- Past Research Projects
CELRL's past research projects include research on areas such as private profits from prison labour, harassment, sham contracting in the building and construciton industry, and work/family conflict.Read more
See CELRL's research publications here, including Working Papers, Student Working Papers, and information about the Australian Journal of Labour Law.Read more
Members of the Centre teach a number of undergraduate subjects and graduate programs in labour and employment law in the Law School. In addition, the Centre has a sizeable cohort of research students under the supervision of Centre members.
- The Melbourne JD
The Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor) is a fully graduate law degree and the only degree offered by Melbourne Law School that leads to admission to legal practice.View
- Melbourne Law Masters
The Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law plays a leading role in the Asia Pacific region in the provision of graduate legal education in Australian, international and comparative labour relations law.View
- Undergraduate Teaching
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- Graduate Research Supervision
The Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law and its members are active in encouraging and supervising the work of students working towards a research higher degree.View
CELRL in the media
Centre Members and Associates frequently contribute to commercial news media by participating in radio and television interviews and writing for both print and online publications. Find out more here.
Student Research Prizes and Awards
Find out more about prizes and awards available to students.
FWC & CELRL Workplace Relations Lecture Series
The Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law is pleased to announce the establishment of the Workplace Relations Lecture Series. This new Series is a collaboration between the Fair Work Commission and the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law. The Series will comprise a number of free public lectures, presented by researchers, judicial officers and others working in the field of workplace relations in both Australia and other countries. Find out more here.
Labour Law Seminar Series
These free public seminars are intended to be of interest to a wide audience including academics, members of the legal profession, and those engaged in the day to day business of industrial relations and/or human resource management. They provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of preliminary research results and to that end are designed both to be informative and to engender critical discussion and debate. The seminars are usually held at lunchtime and a light lunch is provided, so RSVPs to the Centre Coordinator are encouraged.
Sponsors' Seminars Series
The Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law coordinates a series of seminars exclusively for the members of the legal practices that sponsor the Centre. These seminars are intended to be a forum in which to examine the key aspects of current developments in labour law. Speakers in the series typically include senior public officials, visiting labour law scholars from interstate or abroad, and legal practitioners who have been involved in significant labour law cases. A list of the Centre's sponsors is available here. Melbourne Law School has been accredited as a suitable provider of professional development by the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Victorian Bar.
Australian Labour Law Association
The Centre for Employment and Labour Relations is the administrative home of the Australian Labour Law Association (ALLA).
The objectives of ALLA are to promote the study of labour law and social security both in Australia and internationally, and to provide a forum for discussion and debate for lawyers and others working in these fields. ALLA is affiliated with the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL).
The National Committee of Management is made up of academics and legal professionals from across Australia. Centre Director John Howe is a member of the National Committee.
ALLA was incorporated in Victoria on 27 February 2001. There are currently active State Chapters in the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. State Chapters provide a regional format for discussion and collaboration, and organise regular state-based events that aim to further the objectives of the Association.
At a national level, ALLA also runs a biennial conference to provide a forum for the discussion of current labour law issues. The next conference will be held on 14 - 15 November 2014 in Sydney on the theme: Under the Microscope: The Next Phase of Australian Labour Law? ALLA was also involved in international labour law events such as the 2006 ISLSSL World Congress held in Paris and the 2009 ISLSSL World Congress which was hosted by ALLA in Sydney.
For more information about the Australian Labour Law Association, including membership fees and registration forms, visit the website at http://law.unimelb.edu.au/alla
Regulating for Decent Work Network
The Centre continued its involvement in the RDW Network in 2015. The Network is a collaboration between the International Labour Organisation, the CELRL, the Durham Law School, the Fairness at Work Research Group at the University of Manchester, the University of Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) and the University of Duisburg-Essen Institut Arbeit Qualifikation (IAQ). The objective of the RDW Network is to foster research and exchange of ideas concerning the role of labour and employment law protections in fostering economic development. The Network also aims to advance research and policy directions tailored towards making labour market regulation more effective.
The RDW’s Fourth Conference on Developing and Implementing Policies for a Better Future at Work was held at the International Labour Office in Geneva from 8-10 July 2015. The conference investigated key dimensions of the future of work under four themes: (I) Worker protection: wages, hours, and the employment relationship; (II) Income security in the era of widening inequality – labour income, social protection, and well-being; (III) Labour market regulation and development – political economy of policy reforms and their outcomes; and (IV) Reaching out to vulnerable workers: voice, actions, and the role of collective labour relations.
For further information about RDW, please visit http://rdw.law.unimelb.edu.au/
Labour Law Research Network
In 2011, the Centre assisted in the formation of a new association of labour law scholars, the Labour Law Research Network.
The Network is based on cooperation between 30 labour law research centres from all over the world. The goal of the LLRN is to advance research in labour law, and specifically to facilitate the dissemination of research work and encourage open discussion of scholarship and ideas in this field. All individual labour law scholars are welcome to join, whether affiliated with a research centre or not.
John Howe was chosen by representatives of the 30 Centres to be a member of the inaugural Steering Committee of the Network, which consists of six labour law scholars, each from a different region of the world.
The LLRN's web address is: http://www.labourlawresearch.net/
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Past Event Recordings
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