Lecturer in Law, University of Melbourne

Dr Tess Hardy joined Melbourne Law School as a lecturer in 2014. Her teaching and research interests include employment law, contract, regulatory compliance and enforcement.

Tess graduated from Melbourne Law School with an honours degree in law and in arts in 2004. She also holds a Masters of Law degree from Melbourne Law School. As part of her Masters, Tess completed a minor thesis on the evolution of the regulatory agency responsible for enforcement of employment standards in Australia. She recently undertook a PhD at Melbourne Law School on the enrolment of non-state actors by the Fair Work Ombudsman in enforcing minimum employment standards.

From 2005 to 2009, Tess worked as a lawyer and senior associate at a number of national law firms in Melbourne, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Her practice was principally in the area of employment and labour law. From 2010 to 2013, Tess was employed as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law. She was previously the Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law and currently sits on the national committee of the Australian Labour Law Association.


  • –present
    Law Lecturer, University of Melbourne


  • 2014 
    University of Melbourne, PhD/Law

Professional Memberships

  • National Executive, Australian Labour Law Association
  • National Executive, Australian Labour Law Association