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BA Law, Pembroke College Cambridge; MA Pembroke College, Cambridge; LLM EUI, Florence; PhD, Pembroke College, Cambridge
Affiliated Lecturer in Law and Junior Research Fellow


Zoe graduated 5th in her year with a First Class degree in Law from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 2013. She started work for the CBR that summer. She has since been working alongside Simon Deakin on a number of projects including research on labour law in developing countries funded by the DFID/ESRC Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation. She has been involved in creating a dataset that measures the legal content of labour laws in over 80 countries. She has since co-authored a number of articles on labour law, european union law, and legal methodology. Her research focuses on the interaction of politics, law and public policy, with particular reference to labour law and EU law. She completed her solicitors' Legal Practice Course in June 2014 and was awarded an LLM from the EUI, Florence, in September 2014.  She has began studying for her PHD at Pembroke College, Cambridge in October 2015, and was awarded her PhD in June 2018, for which she was awarded the Yorke Prize in 2019. Since 2018, she has been a Junior Research Fellow at King's College Cambridge.  In terms of teaching, she has been supervising labour law at Cambridge since January 2016. She has been an affiliated lecturer with the Cambridge Law Faculty since 2017, lecturing labour law and economics of law and regulation (LLM). She also supervises tort law.

CV / Biography

Adams, Z, ‘Labour Law, Capitalism and the Juridical Form: Taking a Critical Approach to Questions of Labour Law Reform’ Industrial Law Journal <> accessed 24 October 2020.
Adams Z and Grosse Ruse-Khan H, ‘Work and Works on Digital Platforms in Capitalism: Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges for Labour and Copyright Law’ International Journal of Law and Information Technology <> accessed 16 October 2020.
Adams, Z, Labour and the Wage: A Critical Perspective (Oxford University Press 2020).
Z Adams ‘The EU Minimum Wage Directive: A Missed Opportunity?’ UK Labour Law Blog, 12 November 2020, available at
Adams, Z, ‘Le Rôle Central Des Autorités Publiques et Des Tribunaux Dans La Régulation Des VTC’ [2019] Chronique Internationale de l’IRES 155.
Adams and Deakin, Tort Law, 2019 (OUP)
Adams, Z, ‘Labour Law and the Labour Market: Employment Status Reconsidered’ (2019) 135 Law Quarterly Review 611.

Adams, Z; ‘Wage’, ‘Salary’ and ‘Remuneration’: A Genealogical Exploration of Juridical Terms and their Significance for the Employer’s Power to Make Deductions from Wages, Industrial Law Journal, , dwy003,

Adams, Zoe and Adenitire, John 'Ideological Neutrality in the Workplace' Modern Law Review (forthcoming)

Adams, Zoe, and Simon Deakin. "Institutional Solutions to Precariousness and Inequality in Labour Markets." British Journal of Industrial Relations 52.4 (2014): 779-809.

Adams, Zoe, et al. "Labour regulation over time: new leximetric evidence." 4th conference of the Regulating for Decent Work network, ILO, Geneva. 2015.

Adams, Z. and Deakin, S. (2014) "Work is intermittent but capital is not: what to do about zero hours contracts." Institute for Employment Rights blog, 1 May

Adams, Z. and Deakin, S. (2014) "Quantitative labour law." Centre for Business Research Working Paper. Cambridge: University of Cambridge (presented to the Symposium on New Frontiers in Empirical Labour Law Research, Cambridge, April 2014)

Book Reviews

Adams, Z. (2016) ‘A Purposive Approach to Labour Law. By Guy Davidov [Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. xi + 289 pp. Hardback £60. ISBN 978-0-198-75903-4.]’, The Cambridge Law Journal, 75(3), pp. 632–635. doi: 10.1017/S0008197316000520


Labour Law and Poverty Alleviation in Low and Middle-Income Countries