Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

Senior Fellow

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 also served as a member of the Ontario Financial Services Tribunal.

Elizabeth’s research interests have focused on domestic and comparative employment pension policy and related issues of economic security. She has written her SJD thesis 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. While a Senior Fellow at the Centre, Elizabeth published Empty Promises: Why Workplace Pension Law Doesn't Deliver Pensions (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016)

email: elizabeth.shilton@queensu.ca

Past Postdoctoral Fellow

Manoj Dias-Abey

Manoj Dias-Abey was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace from June 2016 to June 2018. Manoj examined 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 completed his PhD at the Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 2016. 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.

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

Past Visiting Scholar

Manoj Dias-Abey

Paul J. Gardner was a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace in the 2017-2018 academic year. 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 Visiting Scholar

Elena Gramano

Dr. Elena Gramano was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre between May and September 2016. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Law and Commerce, field of research in Employment Law, at Bocconi University, in Milan, Italy. She has served as a Lecturer in Comparative Employment Law and Employment and Industrial relations Law at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, and at the Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy. She currently serves as a Research Fellow, Goethe University, Institute for Labour and Civil Law, Frankfurt, Germany.

Dr. Gramano’s research at the Centre focused employer’s managerial prerogatives to determine and change the content of employees’ duties, within the limits of the employment agreement and, if any, the collective bargaining agreement. She investigated the potential role that these managerial prerogatives could play to ensure more flexibility in the employment relationship in Italy, drawing upon a comparative analysis of relevant Canadian law.


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.