John D.R. Craig

Bay Adelaide Centre
333 Bay Street, Suite 2400
P.O. Box 20
Toronto, ON M5H 2T6


John Craig is a partner who practises exclusively in the area of labour, employment and human rights law. He provides proactive strategic advice to employers, and represents them in collective bargaining and before arbitrators, labour relations boards, human rights tribunals, and the courts.

As a member of the firm’s International Labour Law practice group, John has regularly represented Canadian employers at meetings of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour (IACML). He represented Canadian employers at the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia in 2012, and at the Organization of American States General Assembly in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 2016. John also advises Canadian, foreign and multinational employers on a full range of cross-border and international labour matters. He assists clients on labour aspects of corporate social responsibility, including drafting and implementing workplace codes of conduct applicable to overseas and supply chain operations, and he manages projects for multinational clients involving multi-jurisdictional reviews of human resource policies.

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 and is an Assistant Professor with the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, where he has been teaching since 1999.

John is the author of Privacy and Employment Law (Hart Publishing, 1999), a book that examines the transposition of human rights law into the workplace, the co-editor of Globalization and the Future of Labour Law (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and the co-editor of Federal Labour Law and Practice (Canada Law Book, 2013). He has published numerous articles related to international labour law in journals such as the Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal, the Comparative Labour Law & Policy Journal, the Industrial Law Journal, and the European Human Rights Law Review. He has also spoken at numerous academic and practice-focused conferences on subjects related to international labour law, anti- discrimination, privacy, and constitutional law.

Since 2010, John has been recognized as a leader in Management Labour and Employment Law in Canada in each annual edition of Who's Who Legal.


  • D. Phil., University of Oxford, 1999
  • B.C.L., University of Oxford, 1994
  • L.L.B., Dalhousie University, 1993
  • B.A. (Honours), University of Waterloo, 1990

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