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Mrs Michelle Weldon-Johns

Role: Lecturer

Division: Division of Accounting, Finance, Economics & Law

School/Department: Dundee Business School

Telephone Number: +44 (0)1382 308149



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 EU Private International Law

LAW420 Honours Dissertation


I also deliver guest lectures in:

LAW416 EU Labour Law

SOC408 Human Rights



My research is primarily centred around the work-family employment rights of working parents and other carers. It is examining the boundaries between employment law and family law as they relate to care in this context.

There are two strands to this current research focus.  The first examines the role of working fathers within work-family legislation and their engagement with work-family rights in practice.  The second considers 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. 

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


I am a member of the FAWN network


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



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

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


I am currently involved in the following external roles:

SULI director

Juridical Review board member

Invited seminars:
University of Strathclyde, 'Family-friendly employment rights' Labour Law seminar, annually, 2007-2014

University of Strathclyde, 'Sex discrimination' Labour Law seminar, February 2012

University of Strathclyde, 'Gender and work' Legal Theory seminar, October 2011

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


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)