Alan received his undergraduate and graduate education in Oxford, being awarded his BA in Law (first class) in 1997. Thereafter, he was awarded the degrees of BCL (first class) and DPhil. Following a period as a lecturer at the University of Birmingham, Alan returned to Oxford in 2003 to take up his fellowship at Hertford College. Alan's research focuses predominantly on theoretical issues in domestic, European and International labour law. His book 'The Democratic Aspects of Trade Union Recognition' was published in 2009 by Hart Publishing. It was awarded the SLS Peter Birks' Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship in 2010. The book has been reviewed in the Cambridge Law Journal, Law Quarterly Review, Modern Law Review, Industrial Law Journal, British Journal of Industrial Relations, International Journal of Law in Context, Industrial Relations Journal (UK), Journal of Industrial Relations (Australia), Osgoode Hall Law Journal, and Canadian Journal of Employment and Labour Law. Additionally, his work in labour law has been published in a wide variety of international journals.

He is currently coordinating a Leverhulme International Research Network with Professor Tonia Novitz at the University of Bristol following the successful award of a large scale grant. Details of the network's activities can be found here: The network includes academics from Stanford, Osgoode Hall, and Monash Universities.

Additionally, current research projects include: the intersection between migrant status and labour rights; European Social Dialogue and theories of deliberative democracy; and the constitutionalisation of freedom of association in comparative perspective. His work has been cited by Advocate Generals in the Court of Justice of the European Union in respect of working time regulation. Most recently, his work was cited with approval by the United Kingdom Supreme Court on the issue of sham contracts of employment in Autoclenz v Belcher. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Employment Rights.


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  • A Bogg and C Estlund, 'Freedom of Association and the Right to Contest: Getting Back to Basics' in A Bogg and T Novitz (eds), Voices at Work: Continuity and Change in the Common Law World (OUP 2014)
    ISBN: 199683131
  • A Bogg and T Novitz , 'Illegality and Race Discrimination ' (2013) Law Quarterly Review [Case Note]
  • A Bogg and R Dukes, 'The European Social Dialogue: From Autonomy to Here' in N Countouris and M Freedland (eds), Resocializing Europe (CUP 2013)
    ISBN: 9781107041745
  • A Bogg and K D Ewing, 'A Muted Voice at Work? Collective Bargaining in the Supreme Court of Canada' (2012) Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal
    ISBN: 1095-6654
  • A Bogg and T Novitz, 'Investigating "Voice" at Work' (2012) Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal
    ISBN: 1095-6654
  • A Bogg, 'The Death of Statutory Union Recognition in the United Kingdom' (2012) Journal of Industrial Relations (Australia)
    ISBN: 0022-1856
  • A Bogg and J Herring, 'Addiction and Responsibility' in Herring, Regan, Weinberg and Withington (eds), Intoxication: Problematic Pleasures (Routledge 2012)
  • A Bogg, 'Michael Sandel and Trade Union Rights' (2012) International Union Rights
  • A Bogg and T Novitz, 'Recognition in Respect of Bargaining in the United Kingdom: Collective Autonomy and Political Neutrality in Context' in B Creighton and A Forsyth (eds), Exploring Collective Bargaining (Routledge 2012)
  • A Bogg, 'Sham Self-Employment in the Supreme Court' (2012) Industrial Law Journal
  • A Bogg, 'Voices at work' special issue' (2012) Comparative Labour Law and Policy Journal
  • A Bogg, 'Good Faith in the Contract of Employment: A Case of the English Reserve?' (2011) 32 Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal 729
    A theoretical analysis of the concept of good faith in the personal employment contract (approx 15,000 words)
    ISBN: 1095-6654
  • A Bogg, 'Bournemouth University v Buckland: Re-establishing Orthodoxy at the Expense of Coherence?' (2010) Industrial Law Journal 408
  • A Bogg, 'Of Holidays, Work, and Humanisation: A Missed Opportunity?' (2010) European Current Law xi
  • A Bogg, 'Sham self-employment in the Court of Appeal' (2010) 126 Law Quarterly Review 166 [Case Note]
    Analyses recent Court of Appeal developments on the concept of sham terms in personal employment contracts
  • A Bogg, 'New Labour, Trade Unions, and the Liberal State' (2009) 20 King's Law Journal 403
    An analysis of liberal theory and its application in the context of trade union legislation, using this as an intepretive framework for analysing post-1997 legislative developments in collective labour law (12,500 words)
    ISBN: 0961-5768
  • A Bogg, 'Of Holidays, Work and Humanisation: A Missed Opportunity?' (2009) European Law Review
    An analysis of the humanisation principle in European working time regulation, and its specific regulatory effects (c 8,500 words)
  • A Bogg, The Democratic Aspects of Trade Union Recognition (Hart 2009)
  • A Bogg, 'The Mouse that Never Roared: Unfair Practices and Union Recognition' (2009) Industrial Law Journal
    A critical analysis of the CAC's jurisprudence dealing with the new unfair practice jurisdiction under the Schedule A1 recognition procedure (6,500 words)
  • A Bogg, 'Memorandum on Flexicurity and Working Time' (2007) House of Lords European Union Committee, Modernising European Union labour law: has the UK anything to gain? 22nd Report of 2006-07 Modernising European Union labour law: has the UK anything to gain? 22nd Report of 2006-07 115
  • A Bogg, 'Paid Annual Leave and the Long-Term Sick: Third Time Lucky for the United Kingdom?' (2007) September Industrial Law Journal
    6000 words -analysis of the interaction between paid annual leave and contractual sub-employment mode
    ISBN: 03059332
  • A Bogg, 'The right to paid annual leave in the Court of Justice: the eclipse of functionalism' (2006) 31 European LR 892
    Analysis of ECJ decision in Robinson-Steele, incorporating broader analytical perspective on the ECJ's interpretive approach under Working Time Directive (approx 8000 words)
    ISBN: 03075400
  • A Bogg, 'Worker Representation in Collective Bargaining: Voluntarism in the UK' (2006) December Electronic Journal of Comparative Law
    Substantial critique of the persistence of the historical ideology of voluntarism in contemporary patterns of worker representation in the United Kingdom, placed in comparative perspective (approx 13000 words).
    ISBN: 13873091
  • A Bogg, 'Review of' (2004) British Journal of Industrial Relations
    Book review
  • A Bogg, 'In Defence of Correlativity' (2002) Ratio Juris
    Analysis of Raz's theory of authority in the context of mistaken legal directives
    ISBN: 09521917


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Labour Law, Criminal Law

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Jurisprudence, Criminal Law (Mods), Labour Law, Philosophical Foundations of the Common Law

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