Professor Sean Cooney

Consultant (International Labour Organization, Switzerland)
Co-Director of Studies, Employment and Labour Relations Law

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Sean Cooney's research interests concern international and comparative labour and employment law, with a focus on Asia. He has worked on new approaches to improving international working standards, including on Australian Research Council-funded collaborative projects on Chinese labour law reform; enforcement in Australia; and assessing the effect of legal change in several Asia-Pacific countries. He has published articles in major refereed law journals in the United States, China and Australia. Between 2014 and 2016, Sean served as a Legal Specialist in the Labour Law and Reform Unit at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, where he provided advice to governments in countries such as China, India, Myanmar and Pakistan. He continues to consult for the ILO. Sean speaks Mandarin Chinese, French and German. He studied at the University of Melbourne and Columbia University and also spent several years as a lawyer practising mainly in the areas of employment and administrative law.

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Member of Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law; Member of Asian Law Centre

Teaching (2024)

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