Professor David Doorey

by David Doorey

Professor David Doorey is an Associate Professor of Work Law and Industrial Relations at York University in Toronto. Since 2010, he has acted as Director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s executive LLM Program in Labour and Employment Law and is on the Advisory Board of the Osgoode Certificate program in Labour Law. From 2016-2019, he was Director of the School of HRM at York. He is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program, where is also a Visiting Research Fellow in 2019-20 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. 

He created the Law of Work blog in 2008, at which time there were few law blogs in Canada.  Law of Work Blog has been recognized as the top law blog by an academic in the annual CLAWBIES awards on numerous occasions, 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 is a regular media commentator on work law and labour relations. His book, The Law of Work is in its second edition and is used in undergraduate, graduate, and law school courses at universities and colleges across Canada. His book Canadian Labour Relations: Law, Policy, Practice with Professor Alison Braley-Rattai of Brock University was published in 2020.  He is a multiple teaching award winner at York University, including the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.   Prof. Doorey is a recipient of the Morley Gunderson Prize in Industrial Relations and the H.D. Woods Prize for contributions to Canadian industrial relations.  

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.  You can download and read many of his academic law review articles on his SSRN website here.

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.

He lives in Toronto’s West End (and sometimes in beautiful Prince Edward County) with his spouse, two children, a cat named JazzyBeast, an Australian labradoodle named Willow, and a hedgehog names Cosmopolitan. He coaches hockey in his “spare” time.

Twitter: @TheLawofWork