Kerry Rittich

Full Professor

Cross Appointments: Faculty of Law


Phone: 416-978-5259


Kerry Rittich is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Law, the Women & Gender Studies Institute, and the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.  She teaches and writes in the areas of labour law, international law and international institutions, law and development, human rights, and gender and critical theory. Among her other publications are Recharacterizing Restructuring: Law, Distribution and Gender in Market Reform (The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 2002); (with Joanne Conaghan, University of Kent), Labour Law, Work and Family: Critical and Comparative Perspectives, (Oxford University Press, 2005); ”Core Labour Rights and Labour Market Flexibility: Two Paths Entwined?”, Permanent Court of Arbitration/Peace Palace Papers, Labor Law Beyond Borders: ADR and the Internationalization of Labor Dispute Resolution,  (Kluwer Law International, 2003); “The Future of Law and Development: Second Generation Reforms and the Incorporation of the Social” in David M. Trubek and Alvaro Santos eds., The New Law and Economic Development: A Critical Appraisal (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2006); (with coauthors Atleson, Compa, Sharpe and Weiss), International Labor Law: Cases and Materials on Workers’ Rights in the Global Economy (West Publishing, 2008); and “Black Sites: Locating the Family and Family Law in Development” and, with Janet Halley, “Critical Directions in Comparative Family Law: Genealogies and Contemporary Studies of Family Law Exceptionalism”, both forthcoming (October 2010) in a special issue on family law in the American Journal of Comparative Law. She obtained an LL.B. from the University of Alberta in 1992 and an SJD from Harvard University in 1998, and was a Law Clerk to Madame Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada in 1992-93. Professor Rittich was the Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard Law School and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University in 2004; a Jean Monnet fellow at the European University Institute in 2005; a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies in London during the fall of 2008; and a Visiting Professor at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University during the spring of 2009.