Annual Phillipa Weeks Lecture

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Given each year in memory of the late ANU Law Professor, Phillipa Weeks, this annual lecture is delivered by national and international experts highlighting key issues in the area of labour law.  


Past events

Professor John Howe
6.00PM to 7.00PM
  • Professor John Howe

In 2021, Professor John Howe (Director of Melbourne School of Government, Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law) will be delivering this lecture, which will address how the Australian courts are not doing enough to send a message to businesses and the wider public that non-compliance with minimum employment standards is unacceptable.

Phillipa Weeks Lecture 2020: Industrial Relations on the Brink
6.00PM to 7.00PM
  • The Honourable Geoff Giudice AO

In 2020, The Honourable Geoff Giudice AO will be delivering this lecture, which will address the key elements of the industrial relations system including the legislative framework, the Fair Work Commission, the award system, enforcement of industrial laws and the institutional arrangements such as representation which impact on the process of policy formulation.

Therese Macdermott
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • A/Prof Therese MacDermott

There has been in place mechanisms for pursuing the principle of non-discrimination at work on the basis of age for some time within the Australian legislative framework.

Rosemary Owens AO
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Rosemary Owens AO, University of Adelaide

In her scholarly work, Phillipa Weeks always showed a deep appreciation of the necessity of going beyond a narrow conception of law and regulation as a formal body of rules that are created, interpreted and enforced by State agencies. 

Anthony Forsyth
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Professor Anthony Forsyth, RMIT University

Debate over Australia’s system of workplace regulation has raged almost uninterrupted since the mid-1980s. Recently lauded by the federal Employment Minister as our own version of Europe’s 30 Years War in the 17th century, the Australian debate began with a critique of the so-called ‘Industrial Relations Club’. 

5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Professor Breen Creighton, RMIT University

Politicians, policy-makers and participants in the industrial relations process appear to be driven by a compulsive need to introduce new labour laws in response to every ‘problem’ – real or imagined – with which they are confronted.

Joellen Riley
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Joellen Riley, Dean and Professor of Law at Sydney Law School

In 2005, Professor Phillipa Weeks published an insightful chapter entitled ‘Employment Law – A Test of Coherence Between Statute and Common Law’ in S Corcoran and S Bottomley (eds) Interpreting Statutes. That chapter examined the emergence, development and ultimate emasculation of an implied term of trust and confidence in employment, as a consequence of the interaction of judicial reasoning and legislative intervention.

Jill Murray
6.00PM to 7.00PM
  • Dr Jill Murray, La Trobe University

In 2011, the International Labour Organisation created a Convention on Domestic Work, which aims to shape legalprotections for the many millions of maids, carers, nannies,cooks and others around the world who perform paid work inthe home. The Convention provides us with the opportunity toassess where international labour law is at in its treatment of ‘nonstandardwork’, the integration of a human rights focus in labourlaw, the evolution of working time norms and the design of legaltechniques for implementation and enforcement. 

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