Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law


Manoj Dias-Abey is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace and an Adjunct Assistant Professor.

Manoj received his doctorate in law from Queen’s University in 2016. His graduate study was supported by a number of fellowships and grants, including the Michael D. Failes Graduate Fellowship in Labour & Employment Law. He also holds a LL.M. (Research) and B.A./LL.B. from the University of New South Wales (Australia).

Manoj’s research focuses on non-traditional labour organizations and movements in the agricultural sector in North America. He is interested in how the legal and extra-legal strategies of these organizations and movements are limited by the political economy of the global food system. He wants to explore whether labour organizations actively trying to achieve justice on our fields may point the way for a rejuvenated labour movement.

He taught International Labour Law (LAW559) in Winter 2017 to upper-year J.D. students. This course considered the impact of economic globalization on workers in the Global North and Global South as well as emerging methods of international and transnational labour regulation. He is developing an online course on workplace law for UG students to be taught in Summer 2017 and Winter 2018.

Manoj has been a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Law & Society at UC (Berkeley), a Fellow of the King’s College Transnational Law Summer Institute, and is Affiliated Faculty at the Global Labour Research Centre (York University).


  • Labour law
  • Immigration law
  • Law & society
  • Political economy
  • Regulatory studies

Recent publications:

  • “Justice on our Fields: Can ‘Alt-Labor’ Organizations Improve the Working Conditions of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada” (forthcoming, 2017) 53:1 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.
  • “The Promise of Utilizing Civil Society to Achieve Citizenship for Migrant Farm Workers in Canada” (2015) 9:1 Mondi Migranti 105. (peer reviewed)
  • “Book Review: Temporary Work, Agencies and Unfree Labour—Insecurity in the New World of Work” (2015) 44:3 Industrial Law Journal 478.
  • “Case note: Industrial Protection in an Era of Outsourcing” (2009) 22 Australian Journal of Labour Law 161.
  • “Case note: Workers’ Compensation: The New Battleground between the Commonwealth and States” (2007) 20 Australian Journal of Labour Law 225.