Projects per year
Alan joined the Bristol Law School in 2017 as Professor of Labour Law. Previously he was Professor of Labour Law in the University of Oxford and a fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. He has a broad teaching and research interest in the general fields of labour, employment and work laws. He is interested in exploring these areas from philosophical, doctrinal and comparative perspectives. His recent work has used political philosophy to explore problems in the regulation of work. He is also interested in the worker-protective aspects of common law reasoning. His current research projects are examining freedom of association; common law fundamental rights; the role of criminalisation in work relations; and the future of the social democratic constitution.
His monograph, The Democratic Aspects of Trade Union Recognition, was awarded the Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship in 2010. In 2014, he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Law, in recognition of his international profile and achievements as a scholar of labour law. His work has been cited in the United Kingdom Supreme Court (on sham contracts and the illegality doctrine), the Supreme Court of Canada (on the constitutional right to collective bargaining), and the European Court of Justice (on working time and paid annual leave). He is on the editorial committees of the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and the International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations. He is also a general editor of the OUP Oxford Monographs in Labour Law series. He is a member of the executive committee of the Institute of Employment Rights, and an emeritus fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. He would be very happy to supervise research students in his broad areas of intellectual interest.
Structured keywords and research groupings
- Perspectives on Work
Research Output per year
Research output: Book/Report › Edited book
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter in a book