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LAW 560 Labour Law

LAW 560  Labour Law  Units: 4.00  

This course is a survey of the law of labour-management relations, with emphasis on collective bargaining. It will first consider the purposes, regulatory strategies and functions of labour law as a form of regulated market ordering. It will then provide an overview of the legal background and context of collective bargaining, including constitutional divisions of powers, the common law contract of employment, and regulation of the individual employment relationship. It will review the key elements of the law of collective bargaining (acquiring and terminating bargaining rights, protection against unfair labour practices, duty to bargain, regulation of strikes, lockouts and other industrial disputes, arbitration of differences under collective agreements, protection of individual rights and interests), focusing on Ontario legislation and the freedom of association provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Finally it will briefly survey how the new economy - including globalization and major changes in the Canadian economy and society - are reshaping labour law at the domestic and international levels today.

Requirements: Upper Yr JD only  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Law  


The graduate law program at Queen’s University offers to students from Canada and from countries around the world an intellectually rich and challenging environment for legal learning and scholarship.  Queen’s offers two graduate degrees in law:

Law (LAW)

LL.M. and Ph.D. students must enroll in  LAW 880  Legal Research Methods and Perspectives  and  LAW 881  Graduate Adv. Legal Research  in their first year of studies.