catherine hobby profile

Ms Catherine Hobby

Senior Lecturer

Department of Law & Criminology , Royal Docks School of Business and Law

Areas Of Interest

  • Whistleblowing
  • Whistleblowing protection & Employee voice
  • Workplace Conflict
  • Employment Law, Human Resource Management & Mediation
  • Human Rights & Equality
  • Human Rights and equality within the workplace
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Catherine Hobby LLB LLM MSc Solicitor (non-practising) FHEA

Catherine Hobby is a senior lecturer in Law in the Royal Docks School of Business and Law at the University of East London.  She currently teaches Public Law modules at Levels 4 & 5, Human Rights & Equality at Level 6 and Advocacy on the LLM.   Catherine has also taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the area of Human Resource Management.  Prior to joining the University of East London, Catherine completed her training contract and was admitted to the Law Society as a solicitor in 1991.  She then worked for the whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work, (now Protect), on its establishment and joined the university as a full-time lecturer in 1993.

With LLM (University College London) specialising in Labour Law and MSc in Industrial Relations (London School of Economics), Catherine's research interests are in the areas of Whistleblowing, Human Rights, Employment Law and Human Resources.

Catherine is also a qualified Mediator and co-director of the University of East London Centre of Mediation and Conflict Management (CMCM).  As such she is a member of the Steering Group of the University of East London CMCM and Mediators Community of Practice Group.  She is also a member of the Law Society, the Industrial Law Society, the Institute of Employment Rights and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Most Recent Research 

Catherine's research interests include the legal protection of Whistleblowing and the corporate response to the raising of public interest concerns. Her recent publications have explored the legal definition of 'worker' in the whistleblowing provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996 with regard to the gig economy and the importance of developments in whistleblowing case law to the regulation of worker rights.  She is currently examining the Business approach to human rights.

Previous Research

In her recent research, Catherine has collaborated on projects examining Workplace Conflict and considering the importance of employment law on Human Resource Management strategy and practice.  She has co-authored British Academy of Management and CIPD conference papers and also undertaken joint research into the freedom of work and human rights in the workplace.

Catherine has also explored the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on employment legislation and rights in the workplace, with particular regard to Whistleblowing and the right to freedom of expression.  She has published E-resources, conference papers and opinion pieces in this area for the Institute of Employment Rights (


    Most Recent Publication

    Hobby, C. "Workers’ Rights: A Public Health Issue: R (on the application of The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain) v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions " (2021) 50(3) Industrial Law Journal. Published on-line on 15 June 2021:

    Previous Publications


    Subject Areas

    • Public Law
    • Human Rights
    • Equality
    • Employment Law
    • Advocacy