Professor Ruth Dukes
- Professor of Labour Law (Law)
Ruth Dukes is Professor of Labour Law. She joined the School of Law in 2005 from the London School of Economics, where she was a doctoral student and Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Professor Dukes holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh (LLB), the Humboldt University in Berlin (LLM with distinction), and the London School of Economics (PhD). She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Employment Rights, and of the Editorial Board of the Spanish Labour Law and Employment Relations Journal. In 2011/12 she was an Early Career Fellow of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and a MacCormick Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.
Dukes has published numerous articles, book chapters, case notes and reports addressing questions of labour law – among them, the article 'Otto Kahn-Freund and Collective Laissez-Faire: an Edifice without a Keystone?’, winner of the Modern Law Review’s Wedderburn Prize 2010. Her 2014 monograph, The Labour Constitution: the Enduring Idea of Labour Law (OUP) has been widely reviewed (45(1) Industrial Law Journal; 79(4) Modern Law Review; 19(3) Edinburgh Law Review; 37(1) Historical Studies in Industrial Relations) and was runner-up for the SLSA’s Socio-Legal Theory and History Prize 2016. Several of her publications are available here
Ruth Dukes’ research interests lie in the field of labour law, particularly collective labour law, and theories and systems of worker representation. She has published widely on trade union law, theories of labour law, employee information and consultation, and British and German labour history. Dukes is known, in particular, for her work on the scholarship of the German Jewish academic, Hugo Sinzheimer. She is the author of The Labour Constitution: the Enduring Idea of Labour Law, published in 2014 as part of the OUP series, Oxford Monographs on Labour Law, and runner-up for the SLSA’s Socio-Legal Theory and History Prize 2016.
Dukes, R. (2015) Wedderburn and the theory of labour law: building on Kahn-Freund. Industrial Law Journal, 44(3), pp. 357-384. (doi:10.1093/indlaw/dwv015)
Dukes, R. (2014) The Labour Constitution: The Enduring Idea of Labour Law. Series: Oxford monographs on labour law. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780199601691
Dukes, R. (2011) Hugo Sinzheimer and the constitutional function of labour law. In: Davidov, G. and Langille, B. (eds.) The Idea of Labour Law. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199693610
Dukes, R. (2009) Otto Kahn-Freund and collective Laissez-Faire: an edifice without a keystone? Modern Law Review, 72(2), pp. 220-246. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2230.2009.00741.x)
Professor Dukes has been awarded the following grants:
Dr Ruth Dukes was awarded £1500 from the John Robertson Bequest to finance a one day Conference on Labour Law and Labour Markets: New Methodologies.
Dr Ruth Dukes was awarded £2500 from the Adam Smith Research Foundation to finance a one day Conference on Labour Law and Labour Markets: New Methodologies.
Dr Ruth Dukes and Professor Emilios Christodoulidis were awarded £2000 from Social & Legal Studies to help finance a series of seminars on the topic of Social Rights and Markets
Dr Ruth Dukes and Professors Alan Bogg (Oxford) and Tonia Novitz (Bristol) were awarded £3575 from the Modern Law Review to finance a one day conference in celebration of the scholarship of Bob Simpson, The Changing Face of Collective Labour Law.
Dr Ruth Dukes was awarded a £65,675 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellowship in 2011 for research on the Constitutional Function of Labour Law.
Dr Ruth Dukes and Prof Emilios Christodoulidis were awarded a grant of £4,000 by the Modern Law Review to finance a series of seminars on the topic of ‘Constitutionalising Employment Relations’ with papers from Harry Arthurs, Alain Supiot and Gunther Teubner.
Dr Ruth Dukes was awarded £1500 from the Industrial Law Society to sponsor a plenary session at the Critical Legal Studies Conference, with papers from Karl Klare and Keith Ewing.
Research students under supervision
Catriona Cannon - 'Law and religion in the employment context'
Aude Cefaliello - 'Legal impact of matrix organisations in international companies on the employment relationship - Case study: French and British systems'