Adelle Blackett

Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law

Tier 1 - 2017-11-01
Renewed: 2023-04-01
McGill University
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Research involves

Analyzing the influence and direction of the emerging field of transnational labour law and its relationship to development.

Research relevance

This research could lead to regulatory initiatives that address the relationship between labour governance and social justice.

Research summary

Slavery was abolished by the mid-1800s in both Canada and the United States. But whether we realize it or not, how we understand and regulate labour transnationally today is influenced by this past. As Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law, Dr. Adelle Blackett is exploring the connection.

She and her research team are pursuing three innovative, interrelated projects. First, they are shedding light on the largely forgotten transnational history of the regulation of slavery and forced labour. Second, they aim to offer regulatory guidance to help overcome contradictory impulses in the regulation of contemporary forms of slavery. Lastly, she and her team are building an emancipatory approach within transnational labour law through a distributive justice and transnational solidarity lens that emphasizes social cohesion, shared values and identity within regions (social regionalism).