Professor John Howe


Professor John Howe is Director of the University of Melbourne School of Government and was previously Co-Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the Law School. John's research interests include labour market policy and regulation, regulatory theory, and corporate accountability. He has written extensively on the role of the state in regulating employment and labour markets, and on the intersection between state-based regulation and corporate governance. John 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. John is also a member of the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation.

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.


Melbourne Law Masters

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Institute of Public Administration Australia
  • 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