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Burning Down the (Boat) House

How the Common Law Helps Make Sense of Weber

From: One Law for All?


Analysis of the case of New Brunswick v O’Leary to argue that Weber stands for a sound legal proposition that the work contract, whether individual or collective, speaks to and alters the normal set of rights, responsibilities, and remedies that apply between strangers.



Brian Langille

Brian Langille is a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, where he teaches labour and employment law as well as contract law. His research and writing is mainly about labour law, labour law theory, international labour law, and constitutional labour law. He has been a Visiting Professor at the International Institute for Labour Studies (ILO, Geneva), the Graduate Institute for International Studies, University of Geneva, the European University Institute (Florence), the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies (London), the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), and the law school at Dalhousie University, where he was Innis Christie Visiting Professor in Labour and Employment Law. He has been a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Nantes, France (2012), a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School (2013), and a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (2015). He has advised Canadian governments, the ILO, the OECD and others including public and private sector unions and employers. He is also an experienced labour arbitrator.