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Tonia Novitz


Tonia Novitz
Professor Tonia Novitz first studied law in New Zealand and qualified there as a Barrister and Solicitor, specialising in employment law and civil litigation. She then studied at Balliol College, Oxford, where she was awarded the BCL and completed her doctorate. She has been a visiting fellow at the International Institute for Labour Studies (Geneva), a Jean Monnet Fellow and a Marie Curie Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence) and a senior visiting fellow at the University of Melbourne. She has written extensively on UK labour law, including a book with Paul Skidmore on Fairness at Work: A Critical Analysis of the Employment Relations Act 1999 and Its Treatment of Collective Rights (Hart, 2001). She is also a member of the editorial board of the Industrial Law Journal, with special responsibility for the Recent Legislation section. In addition, she has written on international labour standards, EU social policy, EU external relations, and mechanisms for the protection of human rights. She was the co-editor of The Future of Remedies in Europe (Hart, 2000) and author of International and European Protection of the Right to Strike (Oxford University Press, 2003).

Recent projects

'FORMULA: Free Movement, Labour Market Regulation and Multilevel Governance in the Enlarged EU/EEA from a Nordic and Comparative Perspective

The FORMULA project focuses on the Posted Workers Directive and the Services Directive and interconnecting issues and processes and aims at attaining, by way of comparative and interdisciplinary approaches, deepened understanding of how interacting political, legal, socio-institutional and economic logics are influencing the interplay between the different institutions and organised actors shaping supra-national decision-making and national adjustments in the emerging multilayered European polity, with particular regard to the formation, adaptation, and application of legal regimes in the labour market. Professor Tonia Novitz provides the UK dimension of analysis on this project.'

Voices at Work

The Leverhulme Trust has awarded the University of Bristol a three year Leverhulme International Network grant to enable research on a project 'Voices at Work: legal effects on organisation, representation and negotiation'. This comparative project, led by Professor Tonia Novitz (University of Bristol) and Dr Alan Bogg (University of Oxford), will investigate the relationship between law and workplace participation. Its focus will be on legal developments in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US. A variety of events will be held and a website will be created to facilitate interaction between academics from diverse disciplines in these different countries. The aim will also be to engage with policy makers, including governments, social partners, NGOs and UN organisations. Please contact Professor Tonia Novitz for further information.

For further projects see the research category above.