Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

First Queen’s PhD in labour law grad a great fit for academia in post-Brexit U.K.

July 25, 2018

Manoj Dias-Abey
Manoj Dias-Abey, PhD’16, who says, “Both the research and teaching experience I obtained at Queen’s were instrumental in me getting my first academic position,” has joined the University of Bristol School of Law. (Photo by Greg Black)

When Manoj Dias-Abey chose to pursue his doctoral studies in labour law at Queen’s back in 2012, it was for two big opportunities: to join the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace (CLCW) and work with professors Kevin Banks and Bernie Adell – “excellent and internationally renowned scholars in the field.” Before long, Dias-Abey had proven his rationale was accurate. “Being based at a research centre brings with it all sorts of advantages – being surrounded by a critical mass of scholars interested in similar issues, the opportunity to participate in collaborative research activities, and the resources to organize projects such as symposia and conferences.” Read more




An incredible batch of mooters

March 2, 2018

Hicks Moot 2018
Mooters and Judges (Photo by Natalie Moniz-Henne)

An incredible batch of mooters -- and amazing judges from Hicks Morley -- made our second round of the moot an amazing experience on Wednesday. Congratulations to all participants, and particularly to our winners -- Katrina Dods and Tanya Gill -- who will be advancing to the finals in Toronto in a few weeks!

Queen's Law reserves the Hicks Morley moot for first-year students every year, ensuring that students get valuable mooting experiences right out of the gate. If we were competitive, we'd say it also shows other law schools that our 1Ls can give their 2Ls a run for their money. But we're just here to make friends



International expert in labour law and dispute resolution arrives at Queen’s

February 20, 2018

Samuel Dahan
Professor Samuel Dahan joined the Queen’s Law faculty in January. (Photo by Andrew Van Overbeke)

After serving on the European Union’s Court of Justice as a référendaire for 18 months, Professor Samuel Dahan flew from Luxembourg to Kingston in January, beginning his faculty appointment at Queen’s Law.

The latest Queen’s National Scholar brings a wealth of experience to his new position in academia. He has been an advisor to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Financial Affairs, has consulted for the European Commission, the OECD, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and private corporations, and has clerked for the Conseil d’Etat (French Administrative Supreme Court). In addition, he has taught law and negotiation at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cornell Law School, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), ESSEC Business School and Ecole Normale Supérieure. He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Cambridge, graduate degrees from the University of Paris 1 Sorbonne and the University of Brussels, and an LLB from the University of Nice. His research interests include law and technology (AI, machine learning applied to law), dispute resolution (negotiation, mediation and arbitration), labour law and employment law, and European Union law (competition and finance). Read more


Labour and Employment Career Panel

Labour and Employment Career Panel
Colin Yongman, Carla Black, Fiona Campbell, Brian Wasyliw, Kamal Bakhazi & Trish Appleyard

On October 28, 2016, the Queen’s Labour and Employment Law Club and the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace hosted its annual Workplace Careers Law Panel. The Panel brought together labour and employment law practitioners from both management-side and union-side firms to share experiences with students about practising as a lawyer.





Informal Discussion with Steve Shamie, Managing Partner of Hicks Morley

Informal discussion with Steve Shamie
Larysa Workewych, Jeff Tadema, Maddie Davis, Steve Shamie, Grant Nuttall, Alyssa Jagt

On Friday, October 14, 2016, the Labour and Employment Club, in conjunction with the CLCW, hosted Steve Shamie, Managing Partner at Hicks Morley, to discuss the practice of labour law in a management-side law firm.






Queen’s Senior Fellow recognized for advancing women’s equality

Elizabeth Shilton, Senior Fellow with the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace
Elizabeth Shilton, Senior Fellow with the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

“Elizabeth Shilton is an enduring feminist … Her work is driven by her passion for advancing equality and equity for women, girls and marginalized people.” That’s how the YWCA Toronto describes Shilton, Senior Fellow with the Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace (CLCW). The YWCA Toronto has named her its Law and Justice honoree among its Women of Distinction for 2016.

Among her many accomplishments cited by the organization, she has “fought tough cases during the early days of the Women’s Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF); argued before the Supreme Court to uphold the rape shield law; won a pay equity ruling worth many millions of dollars for low-paid women elementary teachers; defended the right of sexual assault survivors to keep their names out of the public eye; and fought to prevent the disclosure of counselling records of sexual abuse survivors.”

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Queen’s is ‘ahead of the curve’ in international labour and employment law

Hugh Christie, Law’81, shown delivering opening remarks for a 2013 conference on privacy law hosted by Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace.
Hugh Christie, Law’81, shown delivering opening remarks for a 2013 conference on privacy law hosted by Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace.

In an increasingly globalized economy, Canada’s domestically oriented labour and employment laws must now adapt to novel circumstances. This topic is a top research priority for the Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace.

“The Centre is ahead of the curve on internationalization,” says Hugh Christie, Law’81, co-chair of the CLCW’s advisory board and managing partner of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart’s new Canadian operations. “It started out as a project to re-vitalize the practice of labour and employment law, both in the academy and in private practice. It is doing just that. But in the process, through strong recruitment and visiting international scholars, it has changed the way the area of law is perceived.”

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Queen’s hosts symposium on 20th anniversary of landmark Supreme Court ruling

Carol Mackillop, Kevin Banks, Richard Chaykowski and Sara Slinn

The Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace (CLCW) at Queen’s is tackling a Supreme Court of Canada decision that has spawned two decades of controversy about the role of labour arbitration in adjudicating workplace disputes involving unionized employees. On Oct. 30–31, the CLCW is presenting the “One Law for All:” Has Weber v. Ontario Hydro Transformed Collective Agreement Administration and Arbitration in Canada?”

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Hicks Morley Labour Law Moot Announcement

  • Adrienne Oake

  • Graham Buitenhuis

  • Students along with Hicks Morley judges

  • Max Xiao and Adrienne Oake

  • Graham Buitenhuis and Cameron Rempel

On Monday, the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace and Queen’s Labour and Employment Club hosted the annual Hicks Morley Labour Law Moot. This year, lawyers from Hicks Morley offices in Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston came to judge and were blown away by the advocacy skills and persuasive arguments shown by the talented 16 first-year student teams who participated:

The final round saw counsel for the Applicant, Adrienne Oake and Max Xiao, against Respondent counsel Cameron Rempel and Graham Buitenhuis. Both teams were thrown difficult questions but handled them with poise and grace. In the end, the judges awarded first place to Cameron and Graham! Congratulations to all mooters on a job well done! The judges were impressed with the level of preparation displayed by all teams, especially considering the short time the mooters had to construct their arguments. They showed a deep knowledge of both constitutional and labour law--an impressive feat this early in their legal careers.

On March 27th, Graham and Cameron will travel to Toronto where they will compete against 5 other Ontario law schools for the Hicks Cup. Queen's Law has won the Cup in 3 of the past 5 years, and came in second place in the fourth year. This is an especially noteworthy accomplishment as Queen's is the only school that limits participation to first year students.


Queen's Outstanding Performance at Matthew Dinsdale National Labour Arbitration Moot Competition

Jessica Toldo, Researcher, Swarna Perinparajah and Jessica Liu, Student coaches, Carol MacKillop, Coach, Adam James and Lukas Riley, Oralists

The Queen’s Labour Moot team did an outstanding job representing Queen’s University at last weekend's Mathews Dinsdale National Labour Arbitration Moot competition. Alas, competition was fierce and the University of Toronto took the cup this year. Adam James and Lukas Riley were the oralists for the Queen’s team this year. They were hardworking throughout the preparation for the moot and were outstanding at the competition, particularly on Saturday morning when they faced the B.C. team, who were last year’s winners. The tripartite panel, chaired by Arbitrator Paula Knopf, grilled both sides aggressively. Adam and Lukas rose to the occasion confidently and effectively. Jessica Toldo provided excellent research support, and Swarna Perinparajah and Jessica Liu who were on last year’s Labour Moot team, returned as student coaches this year. Labour law in Canada will enjoy a robust future if Adam, Lukas, Jessica, Jess, and Swarna are an indication of the quality of lawyer entering this area of practice!

The Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace and the team would like to thank Carol Mackillop of Mackillop Law Professional Corporation for acting as Coach for this year's team. We would like to extend its gratitude to Melissa Seal (Templeman, Menninga), Peggy Smith (Peggy E. Smith Law Offices), Professor Don Carter, Vince Panetta (Hicks Morley), Susan Nicholson (Director, Legal Services and City Solicitor for the City of Kingston) and to John Crouchman (counsel, mediator and arbitrator) who provided valuable feedback to the team as they prepared.


Memorial Service for Dr. Bernie Adell

Professor Emeritus Bernard "Bernie" Adell, a former dean of the Faculty of Law and an internationally recognized scholar in the employment and labour law field.

Dr. Adell joined Queen’s Faculty of Law in 1964. He served as associate dean of the faculty from 1969–1971 and as dean from 1977–1982. He was appointed an emeritus professor in 2004.

During his career, Dr. Adell published extensively and developed and delivered a wide range of courses around employment and labour law. From 2005 to 2009, Dr. Adell was academic director of the Professional Development LLM Program in Labour and Employment Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. In 2010, he co-ordinated a master’s course in comparative labour law, taught by several leading British and European labour law scholars, at the Bader International Studies Centre in England. More recently, he was closely involved in the planning and launching of the Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace.

He conducted numerous studies for government commissions and international organizations and had many years of experience as a labour arbitrator and mediator. He was the Canadian Industrial Relations Association’s H.D. Woods Memorial Lecturer in 1996, and he was one of the principal researchers in a nation-wide study on strikes and lockouts in essential services. Dr. Adell was editor of the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal and a long-time faculty advisor to the Queen’s Law Journal.

A memorial service and reception to honour Dr. Adell and his legacy will be held on Saturday, September 13 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Grant Hall on the Queen's campus.

Report on The Changing Role of Labour Relations Boards in Canada Now Available

April 1, 2014

Centre researchers Elizabeth Shilton and Kevin Banks have now completed their preliminary report, The Changing Role of Labour Relations Boards in Canada: Key Research Questions for the 21st Century. The research for this report was funded by a grant from Queen's University's Senate Advisory Research Committee (SARC). You can click on the report here (PDF, 628KB). We welcome your feedback. If you are interested in getting involved in the follow-up research discussed in the report, please contact Kevin Banks or Elizabeth Shilton.