Alison Braley-Rattai

Alison Braley-Rattai

Assistant Professor


In 2012, Alison completed her Ph. D at Western where she majored in political theory. Since then, she has taught courses at both Western and Huron University College in political science, political theory, labour studies and public law.  She is near completion of her LLM at Osgoode Hall, with a concentration in public law, and labour and employment law. Her current thesis project examines the constitutionality of the right-to-strike in Canada, within the context of international labour law, and its implications for the provision of essential services. She is also working on several articles that examine employment policy in the context of Canada’s human rights regime and the ‘duty to accommodate’.

Research Interests: 

  • Public law (the Charter, legal theory, international law, administrative law)
  • Labour law/labour policy
  • Human rights/Rights conflicts

Awards and Grants: 

  • ‘New Voices in Labour’ Best Paper Prize, Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies, 2014
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2011-2012  
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2009-2011


  • ‘Harnessing the Possibilities of Minority Unionism in Canada’ Labor Studies Journal. 38 (4) (2013)
  • ‘I will not give you a Penny More than you deserve: The (Uncertain) Right to Collectively Bargain in Canada’ McGill LJ 57:2 (2011)
  • Religious Rights and Quebec’s Ethics and Religious Culture Course Canadian Journal of Political Science 44:3 (2011)