Headshot of Bernard Adell.


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For half a century, Bernie Adell was a labour law teacher, writer and editor. After completing his law degree at the University of Alberta and receiving his doctorate at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, he joined the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, where he was Dean from 1977 to 1982.Bernie served briefly with the International Labour Organization in Africa, and for many years worked in arbitration and human rights adjudication. He was an editor of the national labour law casebook, and the coordinating editor of the two recent editions (Labour and Employment Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary).From 2005 to 2009, Bernie was academic director of the Professional Development LL.M. Program in Labour and Employment Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. In 2010, he coordinated a master’s course in comparative labour law, taught by several leading British and European labour law scholars, at Queen’s University’s Bader International Studies Centre in England. He served on the advisory council of CRIMT (le Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la mondialisation et le travail).

Bernie wrote on a wide range of labour law topics, especially on the interface between collective and individual rights and on industrial conflict. Nominally retired in 2004, he continued to write and teach both in Canada and abroad. From 2010, he was closely involved in the planning and launching of the Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace. He was widely known as Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal and as long-time faculty advisor to the Queen’s Law Journal.

Recipient of the 2013 Bora Laskin Award.