Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor

Elizabeth Shilton was appointed the Law Foundation of Ontario Senior Fellow at the CLCW on February 1st, 2011. As a Senior Fellow with extensive experience in the field, Elizabeth contributes valuable expertise to the Centre. Her postdoctoral work in gender and pension reform will contribute vitally to the CLCW research programme.

Elizabeth Shilton holds an LLM from Harvard and an SJD from the University of Toronto. She was a founding partner of Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish, a Toronto-based law firm specializing in union-side labour law. She practiced there for many years, where she advised unions in both the public and private sector on labour and employment law issues, including human rights and constitutional law, and appeared before administrative tribunals and courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, in significant cases involving employment and equality rights. She was one of the first lawyers certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Labour Law Specialist. She has published and spoken widely on education labour and employment law and on workplace human rights issues. She taught labour, employment and collective bargaining law as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School, and has been a Visiting Scholar at Osgoode’s Institute for Feminist Legal Studies. Elizabeth is also a member of the Ontario Financial Services Tribunal.

Most recently, Elizabeth’s research interests have focused on domestic and comparative employment pension policy and related issues of economic security. Her SJD thesis traces the evolution of employment pension plans from gratuities provided at an employer’s discretion to terms of the contract of employment, arguing that while pension plans are now formally recognized as establishing employee rights, the current legal framework does not provide employees with the tools to influence the content of those rights or to enforce them effectively. Her current research project focuses on gender and pension reform, exploring gender inequality in Canada’s current retirement income system, the role played by law and legal institutions in constructing and reinforcing that inequality, and the potential for equality-driven law reform. She teaches an Advanced Labour Law seminar at Queens on Human Rights in the Workplace.

Tel: 416-461-5254
email: elizabeth.shilton@queensu.ca

Postdoctoral Fellow

Manoj Dias-Abey

Manoj Dias-Abey commenced as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace in 2016. Manoj’s current research looks at the strategies civil society organizations use to improve the working conditions of migrant farmworkers, especially given the nature of the globalized food system. Manoj is interested in the broader issue of emerging worker organizations—e.g. innovative unions, worker centres, legal clinics, activist and advocacy bodies, transnational advocacy networks, and social movements—and how these organizations and movements draw upon, and are limited and transformed by, the legal environment.

Manoj recently completed his PhD at the Queen’s University Faculty of Law. His dissertation was titled “Sandcastles of Hope? Civil Society Organizations and the Working Conditions of Migrant Farmworkers in North America.” Manoj's graduate study was supported by a number of fellowships and grants, including the Michael D. Failes Graduate Fellowship in Labour & Employment Law. He also holds a LLM (Research) and BA/LLB from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Before deciding to pursue an academic career, Manoj worked as a lawyer in private practice, an editor/writer at a legal publishing company, and a policy officer with the Australian government.

Manoj is an alumnus of the King’s College Transnational Law Summer Institute (2015) and the co-convener of the Queen’s University Migration, Citizenship and Democratic Participation workshop. He is also a member of the Law & Society Association and the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.

Manoj will be a visiting scholar at the Centre for the Study of Law & Society (UC Berkeley) in the Fall 2016 term.

Some of Manoj’s publications can be found on his academia.edu page.

Visiting Scholar

Manoj Dias-Abey

Paul J. Gardner is a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace at the Queen's University Faculty of Law in Kingston, Ontario. He was formerly a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at Princeton University.

Paul's research and teaching interests are broadly in American law and politics, law and society, and legal institutions. His primary research agenda aims to understand the effectiveness of “private enforcement statutes,” federal laws in which the primary mechanism of enforcement is private litigation, rather than direct bureaucratic action. In the United States, these suits are heavily used in labor and employment contexts. Paul’s research argues that a number of actors—presidents, bureaucratic agencies, judges and interest groups—all have a hand in determining whether individuals will make use of private rights of action by filing lawsuits. Contrary to existing treatments, this research argues that private enforcement regimes are not self-executing, and are subject to political support and interference.

In other research, his work examines how the public and governmental actors respond to United States Supreme Court decisions, and how public preferences respond to judicial decisions and institutions. More information is available on his personal website, pauljgardner.com.

Past Research Fellow

Ana Gomes, BA (Fortaleza, Brazil), JD (Fortaleza, Brazil), LLM (Toronto), Phd (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Ana Virginia Gomes was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace, Queen's University from September 1, 2012 to August 30, 2014. Her research focused on international labour law. More specifically, she is interested in the guarantee of labour standards and the labour dimension of economic integration. Her recent published works includes papers on trade union formation in Brazil, the linkage between labour and international trade, and regulatory challenges in domestic work. In the Centre, she was developing a research project entitled "International Regulation of Domestic Work: The challenges and opportunities of applying ILO 189 Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers to India, Brazil and Canada.