University of South Wales
Professor Patricia Leighton is a former Jean Monnet Professor of European Law at the University of South Wales, UK and is currently Professor of Employment Law. She has also been a Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges and is currently a Visiting Professor at three other UK universities. She is currently Professor of European Law at the IPag Business School, France and a member of their research group and a member of the Advisory Group for the Lisbon Council, Brussels.
She is an experienced employment lawyer, has a small professional practice and is the director The Employment Law Exchange, a collaborative organisation for senior HR practitioners, especially for multi-national companies. She has undertaken many research projects for international and national governments and other organisations, including the ILO, the European Commission and UK government departments, for private sector organisations and professional bodies. Her work has focused on employment relationships, flexible working and more recently, on the digital economy and the ’future of work’ discourse.
She is the author of seventeen books and is currently co-writing a book, Towards the Void?: Employment Relations in the 21st Centur. She contributes to a wide range of journals, especially the Journal of Management and Organisation, the Industrial Law Journal and The Business Law Review. She has published seventeen books, including Out of the Shadow: Managing Self employed, Agency and Outsourced workers (2007), with Syrett, M, Hecker, R and Holland, P (ButterworthHeinemann).
She has recently updated her book, Effective Recruitment (Thorogood Publishing) and her EU Employment Law; A Practical Guide (Thorogood Publishing), and has served on the editorial boards of many journals including Human Resources, Personnel Today, Employer’s Law and The Law Teacher.
She has acted as an advisor to policy makers in the UK, the European Commission and government departments of EU member and applicant states.