Professor Breen Creighton

Position

Honorary Professor

School /
Work Unit

Graduate School of Business & Law

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 5770

breen.creighton@rmit.edu.au

Location

Building: 013
Level: 02
Room: 017

City campus

College/Portfolio

College of Business

Breen Creighton

Qualifications

  • LLB, Queen’s University Belfast, 1969
  • LLB, University of Melbourne, 1998
  • PhD, Cambridge University, 1975

Research interests

  • Labour Law
  • Employment Law
  • Occupational Health and Safety Law
  • International Labour and Human Rights Law
  • Discrimination Law

Teaching responsibilities

  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Labour law

Industry experience

  • Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Melbourne, 1999 – 2008
  • Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne, 1996 – 2009
  • Special Counsel, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Melbourne , 1997 – 1999
  • Professor of Law & Legal Studies, La Trobe University, 1992 – 1996
  • Consultant on Ratification of ILO Standards, Department of Industrial Relations, Canberra, 1991 – 1992
  • Principal Legal Officer International Labour Office (ILO), Geneva, 1988 – 1991
  • Legal Officer, Australian Council of Trade Unions, 1986 – 1988
  • Senior Lecturer/Reader in Law, University of Melbourne, 1977-88 (leave of absence 1986 – 1988)
  • Lecturer in Law, University of Edinburgh, 1972 – 1977.

Other relevant experience

  • Member of Occupational Health and Safety Commission (Victoria) 1985 – 1986.
  • Member of Advisory Committee on Distribution of Powers, Constitutional Commission (Commonwealth), 1986 – 1988.
  • Consultant to Australian Law Reform Commission on Access to Courts (Commonwealth), 1987 – 1988.
  • Member Administrative Review Council (Commonwealth), 1987 – 1988.
  • Consultant to Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Solicitors, 1994 – 1996 and 2011- to date.
  • Member, Worksafe Australia Steering Committee on the Evaluation of National Standards, 1995 – 1997.
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Workplace Privacy and Surveillance, Victorian Law Reform Commission, 2002 – 2005.
  • Deputy Member, Board of Examiners of Supreme Court of Victoria, 2007 – 2009.
  • Consultant on Workplace Relations to Business Council of Australia, 2009 – to date.
  • Member Practical Legal Training Committee, Council of legal Education (Victoria), 2011- to date

Selected publications

Books

Rediscovering Collective Bargaining: Australia’s Fair Work Act in International Perspective, with Forsyth A (Routledge, New York, 2012 (xii +350 pp)

Labour Law: Text and Materials, with Ford W J and Mitchell R J, (2nd ed) Law Book Co., Sydney, 1993 (xxi +1564)

Occupational Health and Safety Law in Victoria, with Rozen P, (3rd ed) Federation Press, Sydney, 2007 (xxiii + 454 pp.)

Transition to Forward with Fairness: Labor’s Reform Agenda, with Forsyth A, Gostencnik V and Sharard T, Law Book Co, Sydney, 2008 (xxix + 259 pp.)

Labour Law, with Stewart AJ, (5th ed) Federation Press, Sydney, 2010 (lxxxiii + 968 pp.)

Chapters in books

‘Rediscovering Collective Bargaining’, in B Creighton and A Forsyth (eds), Rediscovering Collective Bargaining: Australia’s Fair Work Act in International Perspective, pp.1-20, Routledge, New York, 2012 (xii +350 pp) [with Forysth, A]

‘International Labour Standards and Collective bargaining under the Fair Work Act 2009’ in B Creighton & A Forsyth (eds), Rediscovering Collective Bargaining: Australia’s Fair Work Act in International Perspective, pp.1-20, Routledge, New York, 2012 (xii +350 pp)

“Modernising Australian Labour Law: Industrialisation and the Shift from ‘Compulsory’ Conciliation and Arbitration to Enterprise Bargaining”, in R Blanpain & M Weis (eds), Changing Industrial Relations and Modernisation of Labour Law – LiberAmicorum in Honour of Professor Marco Biagi, pp. 93-112, Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 2003 (xxviii + 469).

“Freedom of Association”, in R Blanpain (ed), Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Industrialised Market Economies, pp. 231-74, (8th ed), Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 2004 (xxxii + 664 pp.).

“The Law of Conciliation and Arbitration”, with Kirby MD, in J Isaac & S Macintyre (eds) The New Province for Law and Order, pp. 98-138, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004 (xxii + 431).

“The Future of Labour Law: Is there a Role for International Labour Standards?” , in C Barnard, S Deakin & G S Morris (eds) The Future of Labour Law – LiberAmicorum for Sir Bob Hepple QC, pp. 253-73, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2004 (xviii + 320).

“Ethical Employment Practices and the Law”, in A Pinnington, R Macklin and T Campbell (eds) Human Resource Management: Ethics and Employment, pp. 81-101, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007 (xii & 347 pp.)

“Employment and Industrial Law”, in I Freckleton and H Selby (eds) Appealing to the Future: Michael Kirby and his legacy, pp. 345-370, Lawbook Co, Sydney, 2009 (xcv + 996 pp.)

“Freedom of Association”, in R Blanpain (ed), Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Industrialised Market Economies, pp. 275-322 (10th ed), Wolters Kluwer, Alphen ann den Rijn, 2010 (xxxvi + 806 pp.)

Articles in refereed journals

“Transmission of All or Part of a Business: A Neglected Issue in Australian Industrial and Employment Law” Australian Business Law Review, 26: 162-83 (1998)

“The ILO and the Protection of Fundamental Human Rights in Australia” Melbourne University Law Review, 22: 239-80 (1998)

“Transformation of Labour and Future of Labour Law in Europe: An Australian Perspective” Comparative Labour Law & Policy Journal, 20: 635-80 (1999)

“One Hundred Years of the Conciliation and Arbitration Power: A Province Lost?” Melbourne University Law Review, 24: 839-65 (2000)

“The Evolving Employment Relationship and the New Economy” Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations 41: 1-27 (2001) [with Fenwick, C]

“The Transfer of Business Provisions of the Fair Work Act in National and International Context” Australian Journal of Labour Law 23: 39-59 (2009) [with Shi, E]

“A Retreat from Individualism? The Fair Work Act 2009 and the Re-collectivisation of Australian Labour Law” Industrial Law Journal 40: 116-45 (2011)

“Good Faith Bargaining Down Under” Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal 33: 257-96 (2012) [with Nuttall, P]