Work and Employment Regulation
Our teaching, scholarship and professional activities are concerned with the many different ways in which arrangements for the performance of work (whether paid or unpaid) are constructed and controlled, both locally and globally.
We are interested in the legal rules and other forms of regulations that govern eligibility to perform work, the conduct of individual and collective work relations, and the operation of the labour market.
Besides labour or employment law as conventionally understood, our research extends to matters that include migration, workplace safety, discrimination, superannuation and professional/occupational regulation – not to mention the likes of competition, intellectual property, corporations, insolvency and taxation law, as they bear on work and employment.
- Areas of ResearchLearn about our research focus areas and supervision expertise
Adelaide Law School can boast one of Australia's strongest research groups in this field. Its members include nationally and internationally known experts who:
- are authors of Australia's leading texts on work and employment law, as well as writing for local and international journals;
- play important roles in bodies such as the International Labour Organisation and the Australian Labour Law Association, among many others;
- consult widely to governments, businesses, trade unions and other organisations;
- make submissions to government or parliamentary inquiries on important issues of law and policy; and
- regularly comment in the media on recent developments or topical issues.
- ResearchersMeet our academic research leaders
Professor Andrew StewartResearch Group LeaderAssociate Professor Joanna Howe
Associate Professor Joanna Howe is a Lecturer of Law at the University of Adelaide and a consultant with Harmers Workplace Lawyers. Her current research interests lie in the regulation of temporary migrant work (in particular the subclass 457 visa scheme), unfair dismissal law and adoption law.
- PhD Student ResearchersMeet our student researchers and enquire about joining the group
PhD topic: "Regulating Professional Baseball: The Search for Labour Mobility."
This thesis analyses both internal and external regulation of professional baseball in the United States, Japan and Australia. It examines the commodification of labour in this industry and explores the scope for developing a global framework or rules, principles and processes to promote labour mobility.Renae Leverenz
PhD topic: "Workplace Bullying: An Alternative Preventative Approach Supervisors."
Renae is writing her PhD on the regulation of workplace bullying in Australia. Her dissertation includes an examination of discrimination, work health and safety, industrial and criminal laws, and especially their intersection, underpinning rationales and the manner in which they deal with bullying-related issues in the workplace. She aims to determine whether there is a justifiable distinction between harassing behaviour and bullying behaviour in regulating such behaviour or whether there is a sound argument for dealing with all forms of unreasonable offensive behaviour in a more consistent fashion through a more consolidated regulatory approach.
The University of Adelaide understands the importance of encouraging and nurturing the next generation of researchers.
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The University of Adelaide understands the importance of collaborative research and strong partnerships with industry and professionals in today's global market.
We view these interactions as essential elements in advancing the University's research and teaching objectives as well as adding value to you as our partners.
The Faculty of the Professions is renowned for its academic diversity and is home to some of the most respected and eminent researchers at the University of Adelaide. Within the Adelaide Law School, our commitment to innovation and a culture of forward thinking helps to influence the world we live in.
Our collaborative research activities span across government, business and community groups. Our under-pinning philosophy of research partnerships is to match your community needs and business opportunities with the resources and expertise of our Faculty. The expertise and knowledge of our academic staff, who are specialists in their fields, present great opportunities for organisations to grow and to make decisive contributions that can influence strategic agendas and operational frameworks.