Professor John Howe is Co-Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the Law School. His research interests include labour law, regulatory theory, and corporate accountability, and he teaches in the areas of corporations law, corporate social responsibility and labour law.
John is also a member of the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation. John has written extensively on the nature of various mechanisms of labour regulation, and the intersection between state-based regulation and corporate governance. He is presently engaged in research concerning regulatory enforcement of minimum employment standards in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. He is also researching how large business organisations engage in self-regulation of labour practices through internal policy and rule-making processes, and the interaction between these policies and employment laws.
John is Chair of the Steering Committee of the Labour Law Research Network, and is a member of the Organising Committee of the Regulating for Decent Work Network. He is an Editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law.
Prior to commencing an academic career, John worked in private legal practice, and also as a researcher for public policy and advocacy organisations in Washington DC. John was Secretary of the Australian Labour Law Association between 2005 and 2009. He was Deputy Dean of the Law School from 2013-2016.
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What is Actually Regulating Work? A Study of Restaurants in Indonesia and Australia
Petra Mahy, Richard Mitchell, John Howe, Maria Azzurra TRANFAGLIA
Book Chapter | 2019
Much of the discussion of informal work in recent years has been couched in terms of the ‘failure’ of formal labour law to regula..
Emerging Business Models and the Evolving Regulatory Response: Perspectives from Australia and Beyond
Tess Hardy, Richard Johnstone, John Howe
Journal article | 2019 | Australian Journal of Labour Law
This Special Issue contains a selection of articles presented at a workshop, ‘Emerging Business Models and the Evolving Regulatory..
Trade Union Ambivalence Toward Enforcement of Employment Standards as an Organizing Strategy
Ingrid Landau, John Howe
Journal article | 2016 | Theoretical Inquiries in Law
Trade unions in Australia have long played an important role in the enforcement of minimum employment standards. The legislative f..
Creative Labour Regulation: Indeterminacy and Protection in an Uncertain World
Deirdre McCann, Sangheon Lee, Patrick Belser, Colin Fenwick, John Howe, Malte Luebker
Book | 2014
The book identifies three central challenges to contemporary labor regulation: intensifying labor market fragmentation; complex in..
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Director - Melbourne School Of Government
Melbourne School Of Government
Regulating for Decent Work Network
Industrial Relations Society of Victoria
The Australia Institute
Labour Law Research Network
Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand
Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation
Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law
Australian Labour Law Association
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
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