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Professor Tonia Novitz



Tonia Novitz is Professor of Labour Law at the University of Bristol. Her research interests encompass the legal regulation of workers' organisations and their activities, international and EU trade, migration and the protection of human rights.

A graduate of the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Balliol College, Oxford, Tonia Novitz has held fellowships at the International Institute for Labour Studies (Geneva), the European University Institute (Florence), the University of Melbourne and the University of Auckland. She has been a professor at Bristol since 2008. She is chair of the steering committee of the Labour Law Research Network (LLRN), the UK representative on the advisory board of International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW), as well as a member of the executive committee of the UK Institute of Employment Rights and the Industrial Law Society. She is an honorary member of Old Square Chambers (based in Bristol and London).

Tonia Novitz is currently engaged in research on the relationship between labour and trade. In this context, her work pays attention to the role of temporary migration within trade in services. She is also engaged in analysing the relevance of sustainable deveopment norms for workers. She was a participant in an EU Horizon 2020 project on Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) led by the University of Oslo (2017 - 2020); and is providing an international and UK comparative perspective on a Swedish Research Council funded project on ‘inclusive and sustainable Swedish labour law - the ways ahead’ (2018 – 2020).These projects have led her to expand her earlier research on the links between labour law, sustainability and worker voice, which have additional relevance in the context of negotiated trade agreements and Brexit-related issues.