Dr Tess Hardy is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School, Co-Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law and an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Fellow. Tess’ research spans the fields of regulatory theory, contract, labour law and competition and consumer law. In November 2017, Tess was awarded ARC funding (DE180100279) to further her research into the regulation of work in franchises.
Tess has previously held an appointment at RMIT University and has worked as a consultant for the International Labour Organisation. From 2010 to 2013, Tess was engaged as a Research Fellow on an ARC Linkage Project (with partner organisation, the Fair Work Ombudsman) which considered the role and operation of the federal labour inspectorate in Australia. From 2005 to 2010, Tess worked as a lawyer and senior associate at a number of national law firms, and large companies, in Melbourne, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Her practice was principally in the area of workplace relations law.