Dr. Bruce Curran
Associate Dean (J.D. Program);
Professor Curran is primarily focused on researching labour & employment law and dispute resolution using empirical methods. He has a diverse and extensive academic background. He earned a Bachelor of Laws from Western; a Master of Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto; and a Masters of Law in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School. In the summer of 2015, he completed his PhD, which further augments his capacity to do research from a multi-disciplinary perspective, as he obtained it at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, with its rigorous emphasis on empirical methodology.
Doctor Curran has developed and honed skills for innovative and high-quality scholarly research. During his doctorate, he had two articles published in peer-reviewed journals: a case comment for the Alberta Law Review, regarding a recent Supreme Court decision on the conflict between a union’s freedom of expression and privacy legislation; and an empirical analysis for the Human Resource Management Journal, dealing with the impact of compensation structures on firm innovation. He also recently had an article, which he co-authored with Professor Sara Slinn, published by the Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal. This article outlines a proposal to reform the notice of termination regimes in employment law. Additionally, he has had two more articles from his doctoral thesis published in peer-reviewed journals. For an earlier version of one of these articles, he was awarded first prize in the paper competition at the 2014 Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA) conference. This paper was on dispute resolution, and used sophisticated statistical analysis to determine the legal issues causing delay in grievance arbitration.
Doctor Curran’s research is already having an important impact. In 2013, he co-authored a paper on independence in interest arbitration (another important dispute resolution process) with renowned labour lawyer Jeffrey Sack, which was presented that June at the International Association of Labour Law Journals Annual Meeting in Bordeaux, France. This paper compared the Canadian experience to that of other countries, and generated substantial interest among attendees. In September of 2015, he presented the previously mentioned paper he co-authored with Sara Slinn to a workshop at Osgoode Hall Law School, attended by the “Special Advisers” to the Ontario Government’s Changing Workplaces Review as well as many prominent academics in the fields of labour law and labour relations.
In addition to his research abilities, Dr. Curran is an outstanding teacher. He is passionate about teaching many different areas of law, especially dispute resolution, negotiation, contracts, civil procedure, labour and employment law, trusts, and human rights. He is especially interested in experiential and multi-disciplinary approaches to teaching. For his teaching at the University of Manitoba, he has won a UM/UMFA Merit Award for Teaching. Before becoming a Professor at University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, he was a Lecturer in the Legal Studies program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), where he taught a number of courses roughly analogous to those on the JD curriculum. While teaching at UOIT, he received the Award of Teaching Excellence in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. This award is student-nominated and acknowledges the core faculty member who inspires students and enriches the quality of learning at UOIT. He has also taught the following courses at other institutions: two introductory industrial relations and human resources courses at the University of Toronto, a full year undergraduate labour and employment law course at the University of Toronto, and the Collective Bargaining Law and Labour & Employment Law & Policy courses at Osgoode Hall Law School. His teaching experiences have inspired him to take a number of teaching courses, including an optional full semester course called “Teaching in Higher Education”. This course was offered to University of Toronto doctoral students, and provided an excellent foundation in pedagogical research and methods.
- Dispute Resolution (including mediation and arbitration)
- Employment Law
- Human Rights
- Empirical Legal Research
- Labour Law
Peer Reviewed Journals
- Bruce Curran, “Honda v. Keays—Employer Shield or Employee Sword? An Empirical Analysis” [accepted and forthcoming, Canadian Labour Employment Law Journal (CLELJ)].
- Bruce Curran, “Event History Analysis of Grievance Arbitration in Ontario: Labour Justice Delayed?” (2017) 72:4 Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations 621.
- Bruce Curran & Sara Slinn, “Just Notice Reform: Enhanced Statutory Termination Provisions for the 99%” (2017) 20:1 CLELJ 229.
- Bruce Curran, “Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401: Case Comment” (2014) 52:1 Alta L Rev 185.
- Bruce Curran & Scott Walsworth, “Can You Pay Employees to Innovate? Evidence from the Canadian Private Sector” (2014) 24:3 Human Resource Management Journal 290.
- Sara Slinn & Bruce Curran, “The Right to Join a Union” in Kevin Banks, ed, Labour and Employment Law: Cases, Materials, and Commentary, 9th ed (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2018.
Chapters in Books
Bruce Curran, “Compensation for Responders to a Nuclear Accident: Where Should the Law Go?” in Jonathan Black-Branch and Dieter Fleck, eds, Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law, Volume IV (Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press, 2019).
- Member, Organizing Committee, Isaac Pitblado Lectures (Law Society of Manitoba, Manitoba Bar Association, and Faculty of Law of University of Manitoba), 2018 to present.