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Anthony O'Donnell Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Law Melbourne

Anthony thinks, researches, and writes about Australian labour law, labour history and social policy. His most recent books are "Inventing Unemployment: Regulating Joblessness in Twentieth-Century Australia" (Hart/Bloomsbury, 2019) and the co-authored biography, "Moss Cass and the Greening of the Australian Labor Party" (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2017). Anthony has also contributed to international studies of the regulation of fixed-term work, the future of labour law, and the history of employment services.

Anthony has played a key role in an ongoing collaborative project to rethink the subject matter and objectives of labour law. This resulted in a co-edited collection, "Labour Law and Labour Market Regulation" (Federation Press, 2006) which one international reviewer referred to as ‘unquestionably a landmark in Australian labour law scholarship’ and another as a ‘remarkable volume…a book to be read by anyone interested in serious academic thinking about labour law’.

Across 2017 and 2018 Anthony was a Chief Investigator on an ARC-funded project, undertaken in collaboration with the Australian Legal Information Institute (AustLII), to develop a dynamic, digitised and searchable Australian industrial and workplace relations law library.

From 2012 to 2015 he was co-editor of Labour and Industry, the official journal of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. He is an associate member of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne Law School.

Prior to joining the School of Law in 2006, Anthony held positions at the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law and the Centre for Public Policy, at the University of Melbourne, where he worked on several ARC-funded projects in the areas of labour market regulation, social policy and corporate governance.

Anthony's twitter handle is @AnthonyODonne13. His friend, Bill King, took the photo.


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