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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.

Research interests

Areas on which Prof. Novitz writes: Labour law, international and EU law, trade, sustainable development, migration, and legal mechanisms for the protection of human rights.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Global Political Economy
  • Perspectives on Work
  • Gender Research Group
  • LAW Centre for Law at Work
  • LAW Centre for Law and Enterprise
  • LAW Brexit
  • Migration Mobilities Bristol

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  • Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade: SMART

    Novitz, T. A., Tsagas, G. & Gammage, C. A.


    Project: Research, Parent

  • Research Output

    Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals: 'Responsive, Inclusive, Participatory and Representative Decision-making?

    Novitz, T. A. & Pieraccini, M., 2020, Legal Perspectives on Sustainability. Pieraccini, M. & Novitz, T. (eds.). Bristol: University of Bristol Press, p. 39 - 66

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

    COVID-19 and Labour Law: United Kingdom

    Novitz, T. A., 2020, In : Italian Labour Law e-journal. 13, 1, 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • Engagement with sustainability at the International Labour Organization and wider implications for collective worker voice

    Novitz, T. A., 17 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Labour Review .

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Activities

    • 3 Editorial activity

    Oxford University Press (Publisher)

    Tonia A Novitz (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Adelaide Law Review (Journal)

    Tonia A Novitz (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal (Journal)

    Tonia A Novitz (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Supervised Work

    A harvest of bare living conditions: A Moroccan enclave within the global food system

    Author: Medland, L. K., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Novitz, T. A. (Supervisor), Carmel, D. E. (External person) (Supervisor) & Flint, A. G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    Multi-level regulation of employment security and social security systems: the contemporary implications for Cyprus

    Author: Antonoudiou, C., 28 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Novitz, T. (Supervisor) & Boeger, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)