Instructor(s): Brian Langille

For graduate students, the course number is LAW2040HS.

Note: The Blackboard program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Blackboard as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

At the core of successful economies and just societies are human beings at work. This course is a survey of our system of law regulating work, a system which includes common law, general statutory regulation, and collective bargaining law. In addition to covering the basic principles of each of these legal regimes, the course is intended to compare critically the manner and the extent to which each of them structures, liberates, or constrains, human capability and thus the extent to which each contributes to a productive and just Canada. Key debates in Canadian constitutional labour law are also considered. The ability of this domestic system to operate within and respond to a reality of global economic integration is questioned and some elements of transnational labour law are reviewed.

Specific topics include the common law contract of employment, including wrongful dismissal; employment standards legislation and its administration; and other statutory forms of regulation including human rights legislation. The law of collective bargaining will be canvassed in detail, including certification, unfair labour practices, bargaining, industrial conflict and the administration of the collective agreement. International approaches to labour regulation are also considered.

There are two options. Option 1 is by a written 3-hour open book final examination. Option 2 is 50% by a written 2-hour open book final examination and 50% by a 2,500 word non-research/think piece essay on a topic selected by the instructor, handed out in March, and due on the last day for submitting written work for the term. Students must irrevocably choose their option before the essay topic is assigned in March.

At a Glance

Second Term



91 JD


M: 4:10 - 6:00
W: 4:10 - 6:00