Matthew W. Finkin

Albert J. Harno and Edward W. Cleary Chair in Law
Maybelle Swanlund Endowed Chair
Center for Advanced Study Professor of Law
Director, Program in Comparative Labor and Employment Law & Policy


Matthew Finkin professes labor and employment law in both the domestic and comparative context. He is the author or editor, singly or in collaboration, of eleven books including Comparative Labor Law (2015), Multinational Human Resource Management and the Law (2013), the treatise Privacy in Employment Law (four editions), the last five editions of Cox, Bok, & Gorman’s Labor Law, long the leading casebook in American legal education, and a substantial body of periodical writing.

His awards include the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Research Prize for “internationally acknowledged achievements in labor law” (1995), designation by the University of Illinois as a Center of Advanced Study Professor (2009), honorary doctorates from the University of Trier, Germany (2012), and the University of Athens, Greece (2011), and conferral of the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the government of France (2015). In 1997, Professor Finkin assumed joint editorship of the Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal with Professor Sanford Jacoby of the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He also serves on the editorial boards of labor law periodicals in Canada, Belgium, Germany, and the U.S.

Professor Finkin has been a Fulbright Professor at Münster University, a German Marshall Fund Lecturer at Konstanz University, and a Resident Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Nantes, France. He has lectured widely in Europe as well as in Asia and South America. Since 1999, he has been a member of the governing board of the Institute for Labor Law and Labor Relations in the European Union, in Trier, Germany and serves on the international advisory board of the Giuseppe Pera Foundation, in Lucca, Italy. His work has been translated into seven languages.

In addition to his academic work, Professor Finkin is active as a labor arbitrator. He was elected to the National Academy of Arbitrators and serves on several standing arbitral panels in the public and private sectors. In 2015, he was designated a Fellow by the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) for “outstanding practice in labor and employment relations.”


LLM Yale University
LLB New York University
AB Ohio Wesleyan University

Areas of Expertise

Comparative Labor Law
Employee Rights
Labor Law


Comparative Labor Law
HR, Employment Law & Multinational Corporations
Individual Employee Rights
Labor Law and Public Policy
Labor Law and Public Policy
Labor Law I

Selected Publications


COMPARATIVE LABOR LAW (Edward Elgar Pub. 2015) (co-editor with Guy Mundlak)

PRIVACY IN EMPLOYMENT LAW (Bloomburg BNA) (4th ed. 2013); (3d ed. 2009); (2d ed. 2003); (1st ed. 1995); (all with cumulative annual supplementation)

MULTINATIONAL HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND THE LAW (Edward Elgar Pub.) (2013) (with Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld et. al.)

LABOR LAW ANALYSIS AND ADVOCACY (Juris Pub. Co.) (2013) (with Robert A. Gorman and practitioner commentary) revised from BASIC TEXT ON LABOR LAW: UNIONIZATION AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING (West Pub. Co.) (2d ed. 2004) (with Robert Gorman)

LABOR LAW (Foundation Press) (15th ed. 2011); (14th ed.2006); (13th ed. 2001); (12th ed. 1996); (11th ed. 1991) (all with Archibald Cox, Derek Bok, and Robert Gorman) (with cumulative annual supplementation, also with Tim Glynn starting 2014)

Articles and Essays

The Acquisition and Dissemination of Employee Data: the Law of the European Union and the United States Compared, in STUDIA Z ZAKRESU PRAWA PRACY I POLITYKI SPOŁECZNEI [STUDIES IN LABOUR LAW AND SOCIAL POLICY] 57 (Andrzej Swiatkowski, ed. 2015)

“Privacy: Its Constitution and Vicissitudes” – A Half-Century On, 18 Canadian Labor & Employment L.J. 349 (2015)

Employee autonomy, privacy, and dignity under technological oversight in COMPARATIVE LABOR LAW Ch. 6 (Matthew Finkin & Guy Mundlak eds. 2015) (with Rüdiger Krause & Hisashi Takeuchi-Okuno)

From Weight Checking to Wage Checking: Arming Workers to Combat Wage Theft, 90 Ind. L.J. 251 (2015)

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