Dr Jill

Dr Jill Murray

Elected staff representative on the University Council

Associate Professor, Reader

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

La Trobe Law School

Martin Building - Room 290, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA (Hons), MA, MSci, D Phil in Law (Oxford)



Membership of professional associations

Associate Member, Centre for Employment and Labour Relations LawMember of Australian Labour Law Association; Editorial Board, Australian Journal of Labour Law

Area of study


Brief profile

Dr Murray holds degrees in Law, Arts and Industrial Relations from Melbourne and Oxford Universities. She has published extensively on Australian and international employment law, including on the areas of working time, work/life balance and fiduciary obligations at work. In addition to her academic publications, Dr Murray has ensured the practical application of her knowledge through a range of consultancies and invited advisory positions. 


Research interests

Labour Law

- Modes of Australian and international labour law; insecure work; legal regulation of working time

Teaching units

Employment and Labour Relations Law

International and European Employment Law

Co-ordinator, Minor Thesis (LLM Programme)

Law of Equity and Trusts (undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees)


Dr Murray has consulted for a range of Australian and international institutions including the ILO, the UN, the European Union and the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Recent publications

Recent Publications

J Murray, Expert Report to the Fair Work Commission, Family Friendly Provisions, Four Yearly Review of Modern Awards (May 2017)

J Murray, 'In Whose Interests? Fiduciary Obligations in Trade Union Bargaining' (Forthcoming Sydney Law Review 2018)

J Murray, 'Understanding Australian Labour Law as International' in J Howe, I Landau and A Chapman, The Evolving Project of Labour Law, Federation Press, 2017  

J Murray, 'The Employer as Fiduciary: Mission Impossible?' in ACL Davies and A L Bogg (eds), The Autonomy of Labour Law, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2015

J Murray and A Stewart, 'Regulating for Job Quality: Law and Practice in Australia', Job Quality in Australia: Perspectives, Problems and Proposals, Federation Press, Sydney, 2015

D McCann and J Murray, 'Prompting Formalisation through Labour Market Regulation: a 'Framed Flexibility' Model for Domestic Work',  2014 (43(3) Industrial Law Journal 319-348






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Older publications

Books – 

J Murray, Transnational Labour Regulation: the ILO and EC Compared, Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 2001

J Murray (editor), Work, Family and the Law, The Federation Press, Sydney 2005, 222 pages [special edition of Law in Context]  

Book chapters/refereed articles 

J Murray, ‘Taking social rights seriously: is there a case for institutional reform of the ILO?’ in C Fenwick and T Novitz (eds.), Labour Rights as Human Rights, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2010, 359 – 382.

J Murray and R Owens, ‘The Safety Net’ in A Forsyth and A Stewart (eds.), Fair Work: the new workplace laws and the legacy of Work Choices, The Federation Press, Sydney, 2010, 40 – 74.

 J Murray, ‘Labour standards, safety nets and minimum conditions’, in J Riley and P Sheldon (eds.), Remaking Australian Industrial Relations, CCH Australia Ltd., Sydney, 2008, 129 – 138.  

J Murray, ‘Workplace Relations’ in R Manne (ed.), Dear Mr Rudd: Ideas for a Better Australia, Black Ink Books, Melbourne, 2008, 234 – 249. 

J Murray, ‘The Legal Regulation of Volunteer Work’, in Arup et al (eds.), Labour Law and Labour Market Regulation: essays on the construction, constitution and regulation of labour markets and work relationships, The Federation Press, Sydney, 2006, 696 – 713. 

J Murray, ‘Re-labelling the International Labour Problem: Globalisation and Ideology’ in C Dauvergne (ed.), Jurisprudence for an Interconnected Globe, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, 129 – 158.   

S Cooney, J Howe and J Murray, ‘Time and Money under Work Choices: understanding the Workplace Relations Act as a scheme of regulation’ (2006) 29(1) University of New South Wales Law Journal 215- 241.  

 J Murray, ‘Work Choices and the Radical Revision of the Public Realm of Australian Statutory Labour Law’ (2006) 35(4) Industrial Law Journal 343 – 366. 

J Murray, ‘The AIRC’s Test Case on Work and Family Provisions: the end of dynamic regulatory change at the federal level?’ (2005) 18(3) Australian Journal of Labour Law 325 – 343. 

J Murray, ‘A New Phase in the Regulation of Multinational Enterprises: the role of the OECD’ (2001) 30 Industrial Law Journal 255 – 270. 

J Murray, ‘The Sound of One Hand Clapping? The “Ratcheting Labour Standards” proposal and international labour law’ (2001) 14 Australian Journal of Labour Law 306 – 332.   

Research projects

In 2017 Dr Murray was commissioned by the Australian Council of Trade Unions to write an expert report on the use of the current flexible work provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009. The Report was submitted to the Fair Work Commission, which is hearing various claims from unions and employers about these provisions in the context of its statutory duty to review industrial awards every four years.

In 2016, Dr Murray was one of 11 labour law and industrial relations academics awarded an Australian Research Council Infrastructure and Equipment Grant of $450,000. The project, co-ordinated by UTS NSW and AustLII, will digitise Federal and State labour law cases and materials to create a modern, searchable database for scholars and the public.