As a Wall Scholar, Prof. Hastie will examine the future of collective workplace representation, investigating what a meaningful system of labour rights must account for in order to be accessible, suitable and effective for workers in the 21st century labour landscape. Adopting an interdisciplinary lens, this project will construct an evaluative framework for collective workplace representation models, articulating both the normative commitments and material dimensions that must inhere to viable models. This project will use the evaluative framework to conduct a comparative study of both formal and informal approaches to labour organizing and collective workplace representation across an array of jurisdictions, including Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany and Japan. Read more about Bethany’s project at: https://allard.ubc.ca/about-us/news-and-announcements/2020/rethinking-labour-law-new-world-work.
Prof. Bethany Hastie is an Assistant Professor at the Peter A Allard School of Law, UBC. She holds an LLM and DCL from McGill University, where she held the O’Brien Fellowship in Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. At UBC, Prof. Hastie was appointed a Green College Leading Scholar (2017-2019), and has been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, as well as research funding from the Canadian Bar Association Law for the Future Fund, and BC Law Foundation.
Prof. Hastie’s research examines issues attending precarious labour in the intersecting spaces of labour and employment, migration, and human rights law. Her existing work includes an examination of the constitutional foundations for collective workplace representation in Canada, a comparative assessment of sexual harassment law in BC and Ontario, and a pan-Canadian study on legislative regulation of migrant worker recruitment and employment.