Professor Tonia A Novitz

LLB(Hons) First Class, BCL (Oxon), D.Phil.(Oxon.)

  • BS8 1RJ

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Tonia Novitz is a Professor of Labour Law at the University of Bristol Law School in the UK. A graduate of the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Balliol College (Oxford, UK), she has held visiting fellowships at the International Institute for Labour Studies and the research department at the International Labour Organization (Geneva), the European University Institute (Florence), the University of Melbourne and the University of Auckland. From 2019 - 2023, she was chair of the steering committee of the international Labour Law Research Network (LLRN). She is currently a UK representative on the advisory board of International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW), and a Vice President of the UK Institute of Employment Rights. She was a founding co-director of the Bristol Centre for Law at Work. Her research interests encompass collective labour rights, international and EU trade, sustainability and migration. Her publications have been cited in the Supreme Court of Canada, the UK Supreme Court and the UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights. She is the author of International and European Protection of the Right to Strike (Oxford University Press 2003) and co-author of The Right to Strike in International Law (Hart/Bloomsbury 2020). Her most recent book, Trade, Labour and Sustainable Development: Leaving no one in the world of work behind was published by Edward Elgar in April 2024.

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
  • Centre for Law at Work
  • Centre for Law and Enterprise
  • LAW Brexit
  • Migration Mobilities Bristol
  • Centre for International Law
  • Centre for Global Law and Innovation
  • Centre for Environmental Law and Sustainability
  • Human Rights Implementation Centre

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