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John Craig Toronto Lawyer

John D.R. Craig

Partner Fasken
The federal labour and employment realms continue to change rapidly, pushing employers to transform their businesses.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1999
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

John D.R. Craig practices exclusively in the areas of labour, employment and human rights law. Providing pro-active, strategic advice to employers, John works with clients throughout the collective bargaining process and before arbitrators, labour relations boards, human rights tribunals and the courts.

John works with Canadian, foreign and multinational employers on a range of cross-border and international labour matters. Assisting with labour aspects of corporate social responsibility, John has drafted and implemented workplace codes of conduct applicable to overseas and supply chain operations, and has managed projects for multinational clients involving multi-jurisdictional reviews of human resource policies.

As a delegate of the Canadian Employers Counsel (“CEC”), John regularly represents Canadian employers at meetings of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Bank, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour (IACML).  John serves as a member of the Executive Committee of CEATAL, the hemispheric organization that represents employers within the OAS.  He is an official spokesperson of CEATAL.

The author of Privacy and Employment Law, a book that examines the transposition of human rights law into the workplace, John is also the co-editor of both Globalization and the Future of Labour Law and Federal Labour Law and Practice. Frequently writing for journals including Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal, the Comparative Labour Law & Policy Journal, the Industrial Law Journal, and the European Human Rights Law Review, John has spoken at academic and practice-focused conferences on international labour law, anti-discrimination, privacy, constitutional law, and administrative law.

John began his career as a law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer and Justice Charles Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1994. He holds masters and doctoral degrees in comparative and international labour law from the University of Oxford, has been an Assistant Professor with the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law since 1999, and is the Co-Director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional LLM in Labour and Employment Law.

A recognized expert in the labour, employment and human rights law, John has been ranked in leading legal directories including the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers in Canada, Who’s Who Legal and Chambers Canada.

  • Recognized in Labour and Employment Law in Toronto, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 to 2021
  • Recognized in Employment & Labour in Ontario, Chambers Canada 2019 to 2021
  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in Employment Law, Lexpert 2015 to 2020
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  • D. Phil. University of Oxford
  • BCL University of Oxford
  • LLB Dalhousie University
  • BA (Honours) University of Waterloo

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, The Canadian Association of Law Teachers
  • Member, The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)
Article Defining labour rights in a globalised world: a Canadian perspective Practical Law, Thomson Reuters
Article Employment and Employee Benefits in Canada: Overview Practical Law, Thomson Reuters

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