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About David Doorey

Professor Doorey is an Associate Professor of Work Law and Industrial Relations at York University.  He is the0042 Director of the School of HRM at York and Director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s executive LLM Program in Labour and Employment Law and on the Advisory Board of the Osgoode Certificate program in Labour Law.

He is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program and a member of the International Advisory Committee on Harvard University’s Clean Slate Project, which is re-imaging labor law for the 21st century

His new book, The Law of Work is now available from Emond Law Publishers.  Early reviews of the book:

“Comprehensive, insightful, learned, provocative, teachable, and a visual treat.  David Doorey and his guest

Law of Work: Complete Editions

Law of Work: Complete Editions

experts have touched all the bases.  This is the Canadian employment and labour law text for our time.”   Professor Emeritus Harry Arthurs, Osgoode Hall Law School

“Professor Doorey’s outstanding new book on Canadian work law is much more than an accessible and comprehensive guide for neophytes.  There is real conceptual sophistication and great depth of coverage”.   Professor Cynthia Estlund, NYU School of Law

“This book makes an immediately useful contribution to the field, and I will have it near my desk for many years.  It is a terrific teaching resources, and a clear, concise and practical handbook for practitioners.  David Doorey transforms the very complex laws of employment, making them accessible and easily applied.”   Professor Daphne Taras, Dean, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan

Rarely do books combine insights from two distinct fields of study–in this case, law and industrial relations–with such ease of exposition and depth. The Law of Work will take its places one of the best foudational volumes for students, academics, and practitioners of industrial relations and law alike.”  Professor Rafael Gomez, Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto

Professor Doorey is a multiple teaching award winner at York University, including the recipient of the presitigious Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.   His research examines labour and employment law, labour issues within global supply chains, corporate social responsibility, legal theory, and the intersection of work law and climate change, among other subjects.

He was educated in programs in law and industrial relations at the University of Toronto (B.A., M.I.R.), the London School of Economics (LLM), and Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., Ph.D).  He was called to the Bars of Ontario and British Columbia in 1997, and before returning to academia he practiced labour  law on behalf of employees and unions in both provinces, first as an associate at Victory Square Law Office in Vancouver and then as Canadian Legal Counsel to the United Steelworkers of America in Toronto.  He has appeared as counsel in the courts of both provinces and before administrative tribunals across Canada.

Prof. Doorey is Articles Review Editor for Canada’s leading peer-reviewed law journal in the field, the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal and sits on the editorial board of the law reporter Canadian Cases on Employment Law.  He is a recipient of the Morley Gunderson Prize in Industrial Relations by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources for outstanding professional achievement and service to Canadian industrial relations.  He has been awarded over $100,000 in competitive grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for his work on labour law, legal theory, and labour practices governance within global supply chains.  Doorey’s Law of Work Blog was honoured with the Fodden Award for the Best Law Blog in Canada and in 2016 was among the inaugural class admitted to the Canadian Law Blog Hall of Fame.

Professor Doorey lives in Toronto’s West End (and sometimes in beautiful Prince Edward County) with his spouse, a famous

With Leaf Legend Doug Gilmour

With Leaf Legend Doug Gilmour

intellectual property lawyer and member of the University of Ottawa Law School’s Honour Society, two unbelievable children, a black cat, an Australian Labradoodle, a hedgehog named Cosmo, and a hamster. When he’s not doing law stuff, he coaches kids’ AA hockey and girls soccer.  In 2012-13, Professor Doorey was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources.


Professor Doorey’s scholarly articles on labour and employment law and regulatory theory have been published in leading North American law journals and cited by the Supreme Court of Canada.   He is a member of the Labour Law Casebook Group, which published Edition 8 of Labour and Employment Law: Cases, Materials, and Commentary.   His 2005 paper entitled ”Employer Bullying: Implied Terms of Fair Dealing in Canadian Employment Contracts” received the Queens Law Journal’s  David Watson Memorial Award for the article making the most significant contribution to legal scholarship.

Professor Doorey is a frequent media commentator on matters related to industrial relations and workplace law and a regular presenter at labour and employment law conferences.

Many of his published articles are available for free download on this SSRN page, or by hitting the links below


Some of Professor Doorey’s Publications:

D. Doorey, “Rana Plaza, Loblaw, and the Disconnect Between Legal Formality and Corporate Social Responsibility”

D. Doorey, “Just Transitions Law: Putting Labour Law to Work on Climate Change” (2017) 30(2) Canadian Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 201

D. Doorey, “Mapping the Ascendance of the Living Wage Standard in Non-State Global Labour Codes”  (2015)  Transnational Legal Theory 435

D. Doorey, “Graduated Freedom of Association: Worker Voice After the Wagner Model” (2013), 38 Queens Law Journal 511 

D. Doorey, “A Model of Responsive Workplace Law”  (2012) 50 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 47

D. Doorey, “The Transparent Supply Chain:  From Resistance to Implementation at Nike and Levi-Strauss”  (2011), 103 Journal of Business Ethics 587-603

D. Doorey, “In Defense of Transnational Domestic Labor Law”  (2010), 42 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 953-1009

D. Doorey, “Union Access to Workers During Organizing Campaigns: A New Look Through the Lens of Health Services”, (2009-10) 15(1) Canadian Employment & Labour Law Journal 1-49

D. Doorey, “The Medium and the ‘Anti-Union’ Message:  Captive Audience Meetings and Forced Listening in Canada” (2007), 29(2) Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, 79-118

D. Doorey, “Neutrality Agreements:  Bargaining Representation Rights in the Shadow of the State” (2006), 11(1) Canadian Employment & Labour Law Journal , 41-106

D. Doorey, “Who Made That?:  Influencing Foreign Labour Practices Through Reflexive Domestic Disclosure Regulation” (2005), 43 Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 353-406

D. Doorey, “‘Employer Bullying’: Implied Duties of Fair Dealing in Canadian Employment Contracts”  (2005) 30 Queens Law Journal, 500-59

Book Chapters

D. Doorey & R. Dukes, “Labour Law and its ‘Last Generation’”, in P. Zumbansen, D. Drache, S. Archer, Liber Amicorum Festschrift: In Tribute to Harry Arthurs (McGill-Queens U. Press, forthcoming, 2015)

“A Transnational Law of Just Transitions” Research Handbook on Transnational Labour Law, A. Trebilcock & A. Blackett, eds (Edward Elgar, Forthcoming)

“International Business and Globalization” in P. Kissick (Ed.), Aspects of Business Ethics: Concepts, Cases, and Canadian Perspectives (Emond Montgomery, 2012)

“The Labour Context” in L. Karakowsky, (Ed.), Exploring the Canadian Business Environment (Pearson Publishing, Forthcoming)

“Industrial Conflict”, Chapter 7, Labour and Employment Law: Cases and Materials, Labour Law Casebook Group (8th Ed., Irwin Law Publishers, 2010)

“Employee Rights and Discipline”, Chapter 13, in M. Belcourt, et al., Managing Human Resources, (5th Ed., Nelson Canada, 2010)

Other Publications and Working Papers

D. Doorey, “A Law of Just Transitions? Putting Labor Law to Work on Climate Change”,  (2015) Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 55/2015

D. Doorey, “The Charter and the Law of Work: A Beginner’s Guide” Working Paper, 2012

D. Doorey, “Improving Employment Standards Compliance Through Institutional Learning” (2011), Submission to Law Reform Commission on Vulnerable Workers

D. Doorey, “Six Questions About Neutrality Agreements (And Some Answers), Discussion Paper, 2009

D. Doorey, “Harry and the Steelworker: Or Teaching Labour Law to Non-Lawyers” (2008), 14 Can. Employment & Labour Law Journal, 51-73