Dr Michelle Weldon-Johns


School Dundee Business School

Department Division of Law

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8149


Academic and Professional Qualifications:

  • 2012:  PG Cert in Teaching and Learning, University of Abertay Dundee
  • 2010:  PhD, Working families and the UK, An examination of the development of work-family typologies underpinning UK labour law, University of Strathclyde
  • 2004:  LLB (Hons), University of Strathclyde



  • 2008 - date Law lecturer, University of Abertay Dundee
  • Jan 2008 Research assistant, University of Strathclyde, Law School
  • 2004-2008 Part-time law tutor, University of Strathclyde, Law School
  • 2004 Research assistant, University of Strathclyde, Law School

I am a law lecturer on the LLB programme and I am the LLB 4 stage tutor. 


I am currently the module tutor for:

LAW305 Legal Philosophy and Human Rights

LAW307 Employment Law

LAW425 Private International Law

LAW420 Honours Dissertation


I also deliver guest lectures in:

LAW416 EU Labour Law

SOC408 Human Rights


My research is currently centred around the boundaries between work and private life.

This has primarily focused on the work-family employment rights of working parents and other carers, examining the boundaries between employment law and family law as they relate to care in this context.  This includes examining: the role of working fathers within work-family legislation and their engagement with work-family rights in practice; the relationship between more atypical working family models and work-family legislation, in particular whether it needs to adopt a different understanding of the family, and; the employment and equality protections and rights for those engaged in assisted reproduction.


The focus is primarily UK and European legislation, but also includes comparative perspectives, including Sweden and the USA.


I am a co-director of the FAWN network and a member of SULNE.


Additional current research projects involve other areas of employment law.  These include: equality law; and the future development of labour law in Scotland.


Busby, N., and Weldon-Johns, M., ‘Fathers as Carers in UK Law and Policy: The Emergence of a Dominant Ideology?’, forthcoming Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law (2019).

Weldon-Johns, M., ‘Brexit and the work-family conflict – a Scottish perspective’, in Moira Dustin, Nuno Ferreira and Susan Millns (eds), Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit (Palgrave, 2019).

Weldon-Johns, M., ‘From modern workplaces to modern families – Re-envisioning the work-family concept’, 2016 Vol.37(4) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 1-21.

Murphie, J. and Weldon-Johns, M., ‘The future of Scottish labour law: reconceptualisation and modernisation’ (2016) 3 Juridical Review 227-254.

Weldon-Johns, M., ‘EU work-family policies – challenging parental roles or reinforcing gendered stereotypes?’, 2013 Vol.19(5) European Law Journal 662-681.

Weldon-Johns, M., ‘The future of work-family rights in the UK: A new dawn or more ‘sound-bite’ legislation?’, 2011 Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 25.

Weldon-Johns, W.; “Comparative Lessons on the Work/family Conflict - Swedish Parental Leave versus American Family Leave”, in Nicole Busby and Grace James (eds.), “Families, Care-Giving and Paid Work: Challenging Labour law in the 21st Century”, 2011

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Teaching-related grants

Clark Foundation for Legal Education grant awarded to enable four students and one member of staff to attend the International Law Week delivered by the Universities of EPHEC and KHLeuven in Belgium (2009-2013 and 2015)


I am currently involved in the following external roles:

Co-director of the FAWN network

Convenor of the Society of Legal Scholars Labour Law Conference Section

External examiner at Robert Gorden University and Edinburgh Napier University

SULI director

Juridical Review board member

Invited seminars:

University of Stirling seminar series 2018-19, 'Assisted reproduction, from infertility, to disability, to contemplating pregnancy? Challenging the boundaries of equality law', (March 2019).

University of Stirling guest lecture series 2010-11, 'EU work-family policies – challenging parental roles or reinforcing gendered stereotypes?', (March 2011).

International Law Week 2010, Universities of EPHEC and KHLeuven, Weldon-Johns, M., 'Work-family policies: individual rights or expensive luxuries in credit crunch economies?', (December 2010).

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