Position: Lecturer in Law
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I joined the University of Sheffield as a Lecturer in January 2019. My main areas of research are labour and employment law, labour market regulation, and human rights. I am currently completing a PhD at University College London, which examines philosophical and legal aspects of the relationship between human rights and labour law.
Before entering academia I worked in Parliament as a researcher and political advisor, during which time I was responsible for a broad range of legislative and policy issues.
LLM, London School of Economics
BA Jurisprudence, University of Oxford
Teaching & Learning
I largely teach in my own areas of research, those related to human rights and employment law, which means I am able to deliver research-led teaching that gives students an insight into the new ideas and emerging trends in these fields.
I encourage students to reflect critically on the areas of law that I teach; what are they trying to achieve, and does the current law fulfil these aspirations? I also believe that it is important to understand the social and policy context within which the law operates.
This is not only far more interesting than merely learning a set of rules, it also develops students’ ability to think deeply and make coherent arguments about complicated legal issues. As a result, I expect my students to not just be able to understand the law, but also to engage with it normatively; what’s good about the law, what reforms are desirable?
The modules I teach are:
- Employment and Labour Law
- Public Law and Human Rights
- Legal and Constitutional Theory
Professional Activities and Recognition
I am a member of the Society of Legal Scholars, the Institute of Employment Rights, and the Industrial Law Society.
Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures (Last 2 years)
- J. Atkinson, ‘Human Rights at Work and Implied Terms in the Contract of Employment’, presented at the London Labour Law Discussion Group (2018).
- J. Atkinson, ‘Human Rights at Work and Implied Terms in the Contract of Employment’ presented at the Oxford Labour Law Discussion Group (2017).
- J. Atkinson, ‘Human Rights as Foundations for Labour Law’ presented at the Labour Law Research Network Conference in Toronto (Jule 2017).
- J. Atkinson, ‘Human Rights and Labour Law’, presented at RemarkLab Workshop at Stockholm University (2016).
- Atkinson JR (2019) Implied Terms and Human Rights in the Contract of Employment. Industrial Law Journal. View this article in WRRO
- Atkinson J (2018) Workplace Monitoring and the Right to Private Life at Work. The Modern Law Review, 81(4), 688-700.
- Atkinson J (2017) A Purposive Approach to Labour Law. Industrial Law Journal, 46(2), 303-308.