Spotlight On: Bruce Curran

June 25, 2020 by CIRHR Communications

Graduated: 2015 
ThesisThree essays on legal issues impacting the employment relationship in Canada 
Research areas: Employment law, labour law, alternative dispute resolution, negotiation, and contracts 
NowAssociate Dean (J.D. Program) & Assistant Professor, Robson Hall Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba 

Dr. Bruce Curran’s research is focused empirical study of  labour and employment law and dispute resolution. His publications include scholarly articles, book chapters, and government reports. 

  • Curran, B. (2019). “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. 
  • Curran, B. Honda v. Keays—Employer Shield or Employee Sword? An Empirical Analysis. [accepted and forthcoming, Canadian Labour Employment Law Journal (CLELJ)]. 
  • Curran, B. (2017). Event History Analysis of Grievance Arbitration in Ontario:  Labour Justice Delayed?”. 72:4 Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations 621. 
  • Curran, B. (2014). Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401:  Case Comment. 52:1 Alta L Rev 185. 

His publications also include notable collaborations with CIRHR alumni and faculty including labour lawyer and CIRHR Adjunct Professor Jeffrey Sack and Scott Walsworth (CIRHR PhD 2006) 

  • Sack, J., Curran, B., and Barrett, J. (2013). Independence in “Essential Services” Interest Arbitration: The Canadian Experience in an International Context.  
  • Curran, B., Walsworth, S. (2014). Can You Pay Employees to Innovate?  Evidence from the Canadian Private Sector. 24:3 Human Resource Management Journal 290.  

In September of 2015, Curran presented with Sara Slinn (CIRHR PhD 2003) to a workshop at Osgoode Hall Law School, attended by the Special Advisers to the Ontario Government’s Changing Workplaces Review and many prominent labour law and labour relations scholars. Curran and Slinn have also collaborated on other publications: 

  • Slinn S., Curran, B. (2018). The Right to Join a Union” in Kevin Banks, ed, Labour and Employment Law: Cases, Materials, and Commentary, 9th ed. Toronto: Irwin Law. 
  • Slinn S., Curran, B. (2016). Just Notice Reform: Enhanced Statutory Termination Provisions for the 99%. Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal 229. Retrieved from  

Before coming to the Centre to begin his MIR, Curran earned a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Laws from Western University. He practiced law for several years and completed a Master of Law in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School before returning to the CIRHR for his PhD. He taught at UofT, Osgoode Hall, and in the Legal Studies program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) before joining the faculty at the University of Manitoba.