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Professor David Doorey

dooreyDr. David Doorey is an Associate Professor of Labour and Employment law at York University’s School of Human Resource Management, where he teaches courses in labour and employment law and industrial relations to undergraduate business and HRM students, and graduate students in law and HRM.  For the 2012-13 academic year, Professor Doorey is Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources.

Professor Doorey is Academic Director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s executive LLM Program in Labour and Employment Law, and sits on the Advisory Board of the new Osgoode Certificate program in Labour Law.

Education and Legal Practice

Professor Doorey was educated in programs in law and industrial relations at the University of Toronto (B.A., M.I.R.), at the London School of Economics (LLM) under Professor Hugh Collins and Paul Davies, and Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., Ph.D) under Harry Arthurs and Mary Condon.  He is called to the Bars of Ontario and British Columbia, and practiced labour and employment law in both provinces prior to returning to academic life in 2001.

Appointments and Distinctions

Professor Doorey is Articles Review Editor for the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal.

In 2010, he was awarded the Morley Gunderson Prize in Industrial Relations by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources for outstanding professional achievement and service in industrial relations.  In 2012, Doorey’s Law of Work Blog was honoured with the Fodden Award for the Best Law Blog in Canada.

He has been awarded over $100,000 in competitive grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for his work on labour practices governance within global supply chains and labour and employment law.


Professor Doorey’s scholarly articles on labour and employment law and regulatory theory have been published in leading North American law journals.  

Many of those articles are available for free download by hitting this link and then the Download link on each paper’s webpage.   A list of papers is below.

He is a member of the Labour Law Casebook Group, which just published Edition 8 of Labour and Employment Law: Cases, Materials, and Commentary.   His 2005 paper entitledEmployer Bullying: Implied Terms of Fair Dealing in Canadian Employment Contracts” received the Queens Law Journal’s  David Watson Memorial Award for the article making the most significant contribution to legal scholarship.

Professor Doorey is a frequent media commentator on matters related to industrial relations and workplace law and a regular presenter at labour and employment law conferences.

Some Recent Refereed Publications

D. Doorey, “Graduated Freedom of Association and Worker Voice in Labour Law” (forthcoming, Queens Law Journal)

D. Doorey, “A Model of Responsive Workplace Law”  (Forthcoming, Osgoode Hall Law Journal)

D. Doorey, “The Transparent Supply Chain:  From Resistance to Implementation at Nike and Levi-Strauss”  (2011), 103 Journal of Business Ethics 587-603

D. Doorey, “In Defense of Transnational Domestic Labor Law”  (2010), 42 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 953-1009

D. Doorey, “Union Access to Workers During Organizing Campaigns: A New Look Through the Lens of Health Services”, (2009-10) 15(1) Canadian Employment & Labour Law Journal 1-49

D. Doorey, “The Medium and the ‘Anti-Union’ Message:  Captive Audience Meetings and Forced Listening in Canada” (2007), 29(2) Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, 79-118

D. Doorey, “Neutrality Agreements:  Bargaining Representation Rights in the Shadow of the State” (2006), 11(1) Canadian Employment & Labour Law Journal , 41-106

D. Doorey, “Who Made That?:  Influencing Foreign Labour Practices Through Reflexive Domestic Disclosure Regulation” (2005), 43 Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 353-406

D. Doorey, “‘Employer Bullying’: Implied Duties of Fair Dealing in Canadian Employment Contracts”  (2005) 30 Queens Law Journal, 500-59

Book Chapters

“International Business and Globalization” in P. Kissick (Ed.), Aspects of Business Ethics: Concepts, Cases, and Canadian Perspectives (Emond Montgomery, 2012)

“The Labour Context” in L. Karakowsky, (Ed.), Exploring the Canadian Business Environment (Pearson Publishing, Forthcoming)

“Industrial Conflict”, Chapter 7, Labour and Employment Law: Cases and Materials, Labour Law Casebook Group (8th Ed., Irwin Law Publishers, 2010)

“Employee Rights and Discipline”, Chapter 13, in M. Belcourt, et al., Managing Human Resources, (5th Ed., Nelson Canada, 2010)

Other Publications and Working Papers

D. Doorey, “The Charter and the Law of Work: A Beginner’s Guide” Working Paper, 2012

D. Doorey, “Improving Employment Standards Compliance Through Institutional Learning” (2011), Submission to Law Reform Commission on Vulnerable Workers

D. Doorey, “Six Questions About Neutrality Agreements (And Some Answers), Discussion Paper, 2009

D. Doorey, “Harry and the Steelworker: Or Teaching Labour Law to Non-Lawyers” (2008), 14 Can. Employment & Labour Law Journal, 51-73

D. Doorey, “Can Factory Disclosure Influence Labour Practices in Global Supply Chains: A Case Study of Nike and Levi-Strauss” (2008), v. 4 Comparative Law and Political Economy Research Paper Series, 1-64

D. Doorey, “Disclosure of Factory Locations in Global Supply Chains: A Canadian Proposal to Improve Global Labour Practices” (2005), 55 Canadian Review of Social Policy, 104-12