We are pleased to announce that the third LLRN conference will be held in Toronto on June 25-27, 2017. The University of Toronto Faculty of Law will host the conference, organized in conjunction with Lancaster House Publishing, and made possible by the support of the Canadian and international institutions mentioned below.

I. Introduction

The Labour Law Research Network (LLRN) was established in 2011 by 30 research centres from all over the world and is now comprised of 63 labour law research institutions. One of the objectives of the LLRN is to hold bi-annual international conferences that will be entirely academic (dedicated to, among much else, the presentation and discussion of original papers); entirely about labour law (broadly conceived); and will allow cutting-edge topics to surface from the participating scholars themselves, in a non-hierarchical way.

The first two such conferences – Barcelona 2013 and Amsterdam 2015 – were remarkably successful in drawing together scholars from around the world, and have established a tradition of the LLRN Conference as the largest and most important focal point for global labour law scholarship (attendance at Barcelona was 330 and at Amsterdam was 460). Those who missed the previous conferences are invited to consult the programmes available at the LLRN website, which illustrate the numerous attendees and the broad range of topics canvassed.

II. Call for Papers

Click here to download the “Call for Papers” in PDF format.


III. Key Dates

Oct. 15, 2016 Last day to submit abstracts/panel proposals
Dec. 15, 2016 Decisions on acceptance of papers/panel proposals
May 25, 2017 Last day to submit full papers
  June 25-27, 2017 Conference

IV. Organizing Committees

International Organizing Committee:

  • John Howe, University of Melbourne
  • Takashi Araki, University of Tokyo
  • Diamond Ashiagbor, SOAS, University of London
  • Isabelle Daugareilh, Montesquieu Bordeaux-IV University
  • Guy Davidov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Judy Fudge, University of Kent
  • Elena Gerasimova, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
  • Ana Gomes, University of Fortaleza, Brazil
  • Brian Langille, University of Toronto
  • Kamala Sankaran, University of Delhi

Local Organizing Committee:

  • Brian Langille, University of Toronto
  • Kerry Rittich, University of Toronto
  • Pnina Alon-Shenker, Ryerson University
  • Harry Arthurs, York University
  • Kevin Banks, Queen’s University
  • Stephanie Bernstein, Université du Québec at Montréal
  • Adelle Blackett, McGill University
  • David Doorey, York University
  • Michael Lynk, Western University
  • Ravi Malhotra, University of Ottawa
  • Michael McNeil, Carleton University
  • Claire Mummé, University of Windsor
  • Jeffrey Sack, University of Toronto
  • Sara Slinn, York University
  • Gilles Trudeau, Université de Montréal
  • Guylaine Vallée, Université de Montréal

V. Contact

All questions and suggestions should be addressed to LLRN3Toronto@gmail.com. You can also feel free to contact any of the organizing committee members directly.

VI. Contributing Institutions

The University of Toronto is internationally recognised as Canada’s leading Research University. It is also Canada’s largest university with over 80,000 students and 14,000 members of faculty. The Faculty of Law, recognized as a leading centre of academic law, operates on the North American model with legal studies as a second degree, admits 200 students a year, and has a full time faculty of 60.

Lancaster House Publishing is a major Canadian publisher of books and information, both in print and on-line, on labour, employment, and human rights law. Among other leading publications it publishes, together with Queen’s University, the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal. Lancaster House has designed the website for the third LLRN conference, for which it acts as webmaster, and administers the registration process.

The Ted Rogers School of Management’s Centre for Labour Management Relations at Ryerson University promotes collaborative, ethical, innovative, proactive and sustainable best practices for labour and management to work better together in a way that results in greater productivity and profitability for businesses, improved job and income security for workers, and decreased inequality and injustice for all of society.

Drawing on more than 80 co-researchers from 15 Canadian universities and 30 research institutes and universities in a dozen other countries, CRIMT (Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la mondialisation et le travail) is an interdisciplinary and interuniversity research centre that focuses on the challenges of institutional and organizational renewal in the areas of work and employment in the global era.

The Labour Law Casebook Group, now in its 50th year, is comprised of Canadian labour and employment law scholars who collectively produce Labour and Employment Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary, the leading Canadian teaching text used in many law schools and legal programs across Canada. The Group is now at work on the 9th edition.

The Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace at Queen’s University leads, conducts and fosters interdisciplinary research on emerging issues for workplace law. It is particularly focused on the implications for law of social, economic, cultural, technological and demographic changes shaping the contemporary workplace, in Canada and globally.