She now stands at the Summit of Academia
In August 2015, McGill Adelle Blackett was made a Full Professor in the Faculty of Law.
A world-class scholar in labour law, Professor Blackett is among a select group of “international thinkers behind the very idea of transnational labour law itself,” according to Faculty Dean, Daniel Jutras.
A William Dawson Scholar and a former official of the International Labour Office in Geneva, her scholarly career and accomplishments have been described as “remarkable.”
She holds a B.A. in History from Queen’s University, civil law and common Law Degrees from McGill, and an LL.M. and a doctorate in law from Columbia University.
She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Quebec Bar, teaches and researches in the areas of labour and employment law, trade law, law and development and critical race theory. She is also widely published in the emerging field of transnational labour law.
A former official of the International Labour Office in Geneva, she has been an ILO expert on international standard setting on decent work for domestic workers (2008-2011) leading to the adoption of ILO Convention No. 189 and Recommendation No. 201; and in a labour law reform process in Haiti (2011-2014). Her profound understanding of global economic trends, trade patterns, international governance, human dignity, equity and public policy and other attributes has enabled her to weave together a unique perspective on the situation of migrant and domestic workers, on their fundamental rights, and on the different normative orders that play a role in shaping the lives of human beings at work.”
A founding steering committee member of the international Labour Law Research Network, Blackett currently directs the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory at McGill University where she also teaches and researches in the areas of labour and Employment law, trade law, and law and development.
In recognition of her significant accomplishments in and outside academia, in 2009 the National Assembly of Quebec appointed Professor Blackett to the province’s Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission. In 2012, she was a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, followed in 2014 by the Barreau du Québec’s Christine Tourigny Award of Merit.
And for her social commitment and contributions to the advancement of women, in 2015 the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers awarded Dr. Blackett its Pathfinder Award for her significant contributions to the legal community and the community at large.
Congratulations Professor Blackett.]