Professor Michael Wynn


Michael Wynn is Professor of Labour Law at Kingston University. His research interests focus primarily on labour law, social theory and maritime labour law.

A graduate of King's College, London and University College, London, Michael Wynn, has written widely on the contract of employment, temporary agency workers, freedom of association and trade union recognition. He is interested in comparative and philosophical perspectives on labour and employment. Recent and current research projects involve social security and the self-employed, protection of workers in digital labour markets, employment regulation in pandemics and labour law utopias.

Michael Wynn is currently working as a UK National Expert to the EU Commission on a Compliance Assessment of measures of Member States to transpose Council Directive (EU) 2017/159, implementing the Agreement concerning the implementation of the ILO Work in Fishing Convention. This follows his earlier work examining the protection of maritime workers in UK waters in connection with the implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention. Michael has worked closely with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the International Transport Workers Federation on such projects.

He is Director of the Group for Employment Law and Policy (GELP) at Kingston University, a policy -oriented research group, which hosts annual conferences on current issues in labour law. The Group is currently organising a Symposium on ‘Employment Regulation Post-Pandemic' which will take place in Central London in July 2021, in conjunction with Employment Law Exchange.

Academic responsibilities

Professor in Law


  • LLB
  • LLM (Labour Law)
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education

Teaching and learning

Michael Wynn teaches Employment Law, English Legal System and International Law Dissertations on the LLB. He is Module Leader for Employment Law and International Law Dissertations. He has taught Individual Employment Law, Equality Law, Labour law and the Global Economy and Mediation on the LLM.Michael was module leader for all these modules, which he devised on the basis of research and practice. He is an accredited mediator and this experience fed into the module on mediation. His courses on employment law and labour law incorporate extensive research based learning and practical skills- led teaching.

He is currently in charge of the research and dissertation module on the LLM.

Qualifications and expertise

  • LLB
  • LLM (Labour Law)
  • PGCE

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Michael has extensive interests in the fields of labour law, employment law and social theory. He is interested in philosophical and comparative approaches to labour problems and has worked across common law and civil law jurisdictions on matters of contemporary interest. He has written widely on the contract of employment, temporary agency workers, flexible working, freedom of association and collective bargaining.

He has engaged in a number of empirical projects including work with BALPA on trade union recognition and union exclusion, and with the ITF and MCA on the vulnerability of maritime workers.

He is currently working as a UK National expert advising the European commission in a conformity check regarding Directive 2017/159 implementing the Agreement on the implementation of the ILO work in Fishing Convention.

He is Director of the Group for Employment Law and Policy (GELP) which he inaugurated in 2005. The group runs annual conferences on matters of employment and labour policy. The most recent conference is 'Employment Regulation post-pandemic: is employment law fit for purpose?' which is taking place in July 2021. Proceedings of these conferences are published.

He runs a research clinic in the Law Department, which acts as a focus for the dissemination of advice and mentoring younger members of staff.

Qualifications and expertise

  • LLB
  • LLM

Areas of specialism

  • Labour Law
  • Employment Law
  • Contract of employment
  • Comparative labour Law

Research student supervision