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Judy Fudge


Judy Fudge,
Professor and Lansdowne Chair in law
University of Victoria, Canada

Judy Fudge joined the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in January 2007 as the Lansdowne Chair in Law, after beginning her academic career at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1987. Her research interests are employment and labour law, feminist approaches to law, and the political economy of law. She has been a visiting fellow at the European University Institute, McGill University's Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, the London School of Economics, the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford, and she has held visiting chairs at the University of British Columbia and the University of Saskatchewan. In 2009, she received the Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights for her research project "Labour Rights as Human Rights: Unions, Women, and Migrants".
Judy Fudge has been widely published in law, history, and industrial relations journals, and she has co-authored and co-edited several books. She has held editorial positions with a number of journals in different disciplines, including editor-in-chief of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal (2000 to 2003). She is a member of the Inter-University Research Centre on Globalization and Work. Her publications include Labour Before the Law: The Legal Regulation of Workers' Collective Action (with Eric Tucker, 2001), Privatization, Law and the Challenge to Feminism (with Brenda Cossman, 2002), Self-employed Workers Organize: Unions, Law, and Policy (with Cynthia Cranford, Eric Tucker, and Leah Vosko, 2005), Precarious Work, Women and the New Economy: The Challenge to Legal Norms (with Rosemary Owens, 2006), and Work on Trial: Canadian Labour Law Struggles (with Eric Tucker, 2010).

Currently, Judy Fudge is working on projects relating to migrant workers, constitutionalizing labour rights in Canada and the European union, and the legal regulation of precarious and informal work.


Articles single authored
“Global Care Chains, Employment Agencies and the Conundrum of Jurisdiction: Decent Work for Domestic Workers in Canada,” Canadian Journal of Women and The Law (2011 forthcoming) (Refereed.)

With Fiona MacPhail. “The Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada: Low-skilled Workers as an Extreme Form of Flexible Labour”, (2009) 31 (1) Comparative Labour Law and Policy Journal, 101-141. (Refereed.) Reprinted in Immigration and Nationality Law Review.

Little Victories and Big Defeats: The Rise and Fall of Collective Bargaining Rights for Domestic Workers in Ontario,” in Abigail Bakan and Daiva Stasiulis, eds., Making the Match: Domestic Placement Agencies and the Racialization of Women’s Household Work (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997)119-45. (Refereed.)

“Consumers to the Rescue? Campaigning Against Corporate Abuse of Labour,” in Susan Boyd, Dorothy Chunn and Bob Menzies, eds., Abusing Power (Fernwood: Halifax, 2001) 146-59.

“Lessons from Canada: The Impact of the Charter and Freedoms in Labour and Employment Law,” in Keith Ewing, ed., Human Rights at Work (London: Institute for Employment Rights, 2000) 175-201.

“Legal Forms and Social Norms: Class, Gender and the Legal Regulation of Women’s Work from 1870 to 1920,” in Elizabeth Comack, ed., Locating Law: Race/Class/Gender Connections (Halifax: Fernwood, 1999)160-82.

Research Director, with Jan Buroway, Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Workers: Proposals for Improved Employment Legislation and Access to Collective Bargaining for Domestic Workers and Industrial Homeworkers (Toronto: ILGWU and INTERCEDE, 1993), 100pages.

“Domestic Workers: Submission in Response to the Ontario Minister of Labour’s Proposals Regarding the Reform of the Labour Relations Act,” for I.N.T.E.R.C.E.D.E., 1992, 25 pages.

“The Supreme Court of Canada and the Right to Bargain Collectively: The Implications of the Health Services Support Case and Beyond,” AIRRANZ, Melbourne February 6-8, 2008.

Conference Proceedings
“Global Care Chains: Transnational Migrant Care Workers,” International Association of Law Schools Conference on Labour Law and Labour Market in the New World Economy, Milan, May 20-22, 2010, http://www.ialsnet.org/meetings/labour/papers/FudgeCanada.pdf

“Limiting Equity: The Definition of ‘Employer’ Under the Ontario Pay Equity Act,” Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 4(2) (1991) 556-63. (Refereed.)

“The Privatization of the Costs of Social Reproduction,” Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 3(1989) 246-55. (Refereed.)

“A Question of Scale: Justice, Gender, and Citizenship,” 22(1) Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 267-76 (2010).






British Columbia



Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, and Other

Content types

Policy analysis

Target groups

Policymakers, Journalists, Public awareness, Employers, agencies and their representatives, Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to choose place of residence, Right to unionize, Labour standards, Health and safety at work, and Access to permanent status

Geographical focuses

British Columbia

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