Michelle Flaherty


Michelle Flaherty
Associate Professor

Room: 57 Louis Pasteur St. Room 378
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 7849
Work E-mail: michelle.flaherty@uottawa.ca

Michelle Flaherty


Michelle Flaherty graduated summa cum laude, from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa in 1998.  After clerking with Justice L’Heureux-Dube of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999–2000, she entered into private practice before completing her  masters of law in 2011.   Her thesis considers the influence of private law on human rights.  Appointed to the University of Ottawa’s faculty of law in July 2012, Professor Flaherty’s teaches labour law, administrative law and human rights.  

In 2011, Professor Flaherty was inducted into the Common Law Honours Society for her service to the law school and the profession. As a Vice-chair with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Professor Flaherty has conducted countless mediations and presided over hundreds of hearings.  Important precedential decisions include Garrie v. Janus Joan Inc., 2012 HRTO 1955 (CanLII); Dallaire v. Les Chevaliers de Colomb, 2011 HRTO 639 (CanLII); Doyle v. Canarm, 2009 HRTO 674 (CanLII); Huang v. 1233065 Ontario, 2011 HRTO 825 (CanLII).  

A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2001, Professor Flaherty has extensive professional experience practicing labour law, administrative law, human rights, and constitutional law.  During the course of her career, she has acted for both unions and employers. 


  • Lectures: litige en matière d'égalité
  • Office Hours/Heures de bureau
  • Litige en matière d'égalité
  • Droit administratif
  • Public Law and Legislation
  • Droit du Travail

Case Law

Book Chapters

  • Private Law and its Normative Influence on Human Rights
    Private Law and its Normative Influence on Human Rights, in K Barker and D Jensen (eds) Private Law: Key Encounters with Public Law, eds. K Barker and D Jensen, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2012)(forthcoming)
  • Ontario and the Direct Access Model to Human Rights (forthcoming)
    Ontario and the Direct Access Model to Human Rights, in 22 Arguments for Human Rights Institutions in Canada, eds. S. Day, L. Lamarche, K. Norman (Irwin Law, forthcoming)

Opinion Pieces


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