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Labour and Employment Law Faculty

Program Director,

John D. R. Craig

John Craig is a partner who practises exclusively in the area of labour, employment and pensions law. He provides proactive strategic advice to employers, and represents them in collective bargaining and before arbitrators, labour relations boards, human rights tribunals, and the courts. As a member of the firm’s International Labour Law practice group, John has regularly represented Canadian employers at meetings of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour (IACML). He represented Canadian employers at the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Columbia in 2012, and at the Organization of American States General Assembly in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2012. John also advises Canadian, foreign and multinational employers on a full range of cross-border and international labour matters. He assists clients on labour aspects of corporate social responsibility, including drafting and implementing workplace codes of conduct applicable to overseas and supply chain operations, and he manages projects for multinational clients involving multi-jurisdictional reviews of human resource policies. John began his career as a law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer and Justice Charles Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada, in 1994. He holds masters and doctoral degrees in comparative and international labour law from the University of Oxford and is an Assistant Professor with the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, where he has been teaching since 1999. John is the author of Privacy and Employment Law (Hart Publishing, 1999), a book that examines the transposition of human rights law into the workplace, and the co-editor of Globalization and the Future of Labour Law (Cambridge University Press, 2006), a collection of essays that addresses the implications of globalization on national and international labour laws. He has published numerous articles related to international labour law in journals such as the Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal, the Comparative Labour Law & Policy Journal, the Industrial Law Journal, and the European Human Rights Law Review. He has also spoken at numerous academic and practice-focused conferences on subjects related to international labour law, anti-discrimination, privacy, and constitutional law. John is recognized as a leader in Management Labour and Employment Law in Canada in the 2010, 2011 and 2013 editions of Who’s Who Legal. John joined Heenan Blaikie in 2001 after first practising with another prominent national law firm.

Program Director,

Sara Slinn

Sara Slinn joined the Osgoode faculty in 2007, after five years at Queen’s Faculty of Law. Professor Slinn’s research interests are in the areas of labour and employment law, focusing on different approaches and impediments to collective employee representation, and the intersection of Charter rights and labour law. Reflecting her interdisciplinary graduate work, including a PhD in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto, Professor Slinn’s research is interdisciplinary and uses empirical methods of analysis. She has also practised labour and employment law with both the British Columbia Labour Relations Board and a private law firm in Vancouver. Research Interests: Labour Law, Employment Law, Industrial Relations, Constitutional Law, Contracts