UCL Faculty of Laws


Joe Atkinson

Key information

BA (Oxon) (2011), LLM (2013)

Joe Atkinson joined the Faculty in 2015. He holds an LLM from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Jurisprudence) from the University of Oxford. Since 2016 he has co-convened the UCL Legal Philosophy Forum. He has previously chaired UCL's Work in Progress Forum (2016-17), and sat on Editorial Board of the UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (2015-16).

Before joining UCL Joe worked for the Labour Party, where he was responsible for advising on legislative and economic issues.

Joe's main areas of research interest are labour and employment law, labour market regulation, and human rights. His PhD research covers theoretical and practical aspects of the relationship between human rights and labour law.

Research Supervisors

Research Interests

Employment & Labour Law, Human Rights, Labour Market Regulation, Legal And Constitutional Theory

Professional Experience

  • 2012 - 2016: Researcher to the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • 2014 - 2015: Research Officer, Labour Party Policy Directorate
  • 2015 - 2015: Political Advisor to the Shadow Chancellor
  • 2015 - 2016: Senior Researcher to the Shadow Security and Immigration Minister
  • 2016 - 2018: Teaching Fellow, University College London
  • 2017 - 2018: Teaching Associate, Queen Mary University of London
  • 2018 - 2018: Tutor in Law, University of Oxford
  • 2019: Lecturer in Law, University of Sheffield



  • Atkinson, J. (2017) 'Book Review: Michael Boylan, Natural Human Rights: A Theory', Political Studies Review
  • Atkinson, J. (2017) A Purposive Approach to Labour Law. Industrial Law Journal, 46(2), 303.
  • Atkinson, J. (2018) Workplace Monitoring and the Right to Private Life at Work. The Modern Law Review, 81(4) 688.

Edited Volumes:

  • Atkinson, J. (Forthcoming). Human Rights as Foundations for Labour Rights?. In: in Collins, H. Lester, G. and Mantouvalou, V. ed The Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law Oxford: Oxford University Press.