Tonia Novitz is Professor of Labour Law at the University of Bristol. Her research interests focus predominantly on labour law, international and EU trade 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) and the University of Melbourne. She has been a professor at Bristol since 2008.
She has recently completed a Leverhulme Trust project with Alan Bogg (Hertford College, Oxford) on Voices at Work, which has generated several special issues of journals and also a collection of essays published by Oxford University Press in 2014.
Her current research relates to international and comparative treatment of the right to strike, having assisted the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) recently in preparing a legal brief on this issue. She is also involved in two different projects relating to industrial action law with Rochelle Le Roux (University of Cape Town) and Shae McCrystal (University of Sydney) respectively. She is further engaged in research on the protection of labour standards under EU trade law, as well as worker-related issues arising in the context of multilateral and bilateral trade agreements. These research interests have led her to develop her earlier work on the links between labour law, sustainable development and worker voice.
Tonia Novitz is a member of the executive committee of the Institute of Employment Rights. Her latest publication for the Institute (published jointly with CLASS) was on Trade Unions and Economic Inequality (2014) with Lydia Hayes (Cardiff University).
Areas on which Prof. Novitz writes: Labour law, international and EU law, jurisprudence and legal mechanisms for the protection of human rights.
Professor Tonia Novitz is Professor of Labour Law at the University of Bristol. She first studied law at the University of Canterbury 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 is a member of the editorial board of the UK Industrial Law Journal, with special responsibility for the Recent Legislation section. She is also a honorary member of Old Square Chambers (non-practising). She has written on UK labour law, international labour standards, EU social policy, EU external relations, and mechanisms for the protection of human rights. She was author of International and European Protection of the Right to Strike (Oxford University Press, 2003), and has been co-editor of a number of edited collections, including Human Rights at Work (with Colin Fenwick, Hart Publishing, 2010), The Role of Labour Standards in Development (with David Mangan, British Academy Series, Oxford University Press, 2011) and Voices at Work (with Alan Bogg, Oxford University Press, 2014).
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