Background and Previous Experience
Dr. Louise Floyd is an Associate Professor of Law at James Cook University and a Barrister to the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia. She is the lead author of the forthcoming Cambridge Univerity Press book, Employment, Labour and Industrial Law in Australia. Louise has held numerous International Fellowships, e.g., she was the first Australian to be awarded the MacCormick Fellowship to the University of Edinburgh Law School, Scotland, and she has been Visiting Fellow at the University of Hong Kong Centre for Public and Comparative Law. Louise’s articles have been published in some of the leading law journals in the world, e.g.: The Law Quarterly Review; The International Lawyer; The Hong Kong Law Journal; and The Australian Law Journal. She has lectured and consulted in Asia, e.g., presenting lectures (with honorarium) to the Hong Kong Government Department of Justice (on public sector employment law). Louise has won numerous teaching prizes and held academic leadership positions ranging from Sub Dean through to Director of Research (where she led her law school to an ERA ranking of "at world standard," which it retained for the entire period she served in the role). Louise’s career began when she was Judge’s Associate to Hon Justice Margaret McMurdo AC. In her spare time, Louise acts on a pro bono basis as a prosecutor for the RSPCA.
Current Research at ILR
Louise is Visiting Cornell's ILR School as part of her 2017 paid research leave. Other places she has visited during the time include Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The unifying theme of her research is "regionalism in a globalised world," a theme she first developed as MacCormick Fellow at Edinburgh Law School in 2011. In particular, Louise is using this time to research the impact of global events (e.g., Brexit and the scuppering of the TPP) on labor conditions. This work connects with her developing study of automation, globalisation, and labour.