The 5th Annual Innis Christie Lecture on Labour and Employment Law was presented last fall at Dalhouse Law School in Halifax. The keynote speaker was my friend Cynthia Estlund of NYU Law School.
Professor Estlund was entitled “Employer Self-Regulation: Making a Virtue of Necessity?” The talk draws on her work on New Governance in the law of work, a topic I also have written about. A sample of Professor Estlund’s work on the topic can be found in this paper called “A Return to Governance in the Law of the Workplace”. Or in this paper called Labor Law Reform Again? Reframing Labor Law as a Regulatory Project [my favourite, because it is the only paper I will ever read that has a heading called “The Doorey Proposal”!].
In fact, if you listen carefully, you will hear a shout out to your truly towards the end of her talk when she is discussing models of labour law reform that deploy New Governance strategies to both improve employment standards compliance and support collective bargaining. She is referring to my paper in the Osgoode Hall Law Journal called “A Model of Responsive Workplace Law”, if you are interested in this type of scholarship.
Here is the video of Professor Estlund’s Innis Christie Lecture.