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European Labour Law Conference – Enforcing workers’ rights in Europe through strategic litigation – 20 October 2023, Frankfurt

In-person only, House of Labour, Frankfurt am Main Eschersheimer Landstraße 155/157Interpretation: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish This event will explore the interpretative and creative potential of strategic litigation to reinforce the position of (vulnerable) workers in the EU. Trade unionists, lawyers and labour law scholars will present and discuss practical examples of successful proceedings before … Read more

Re-Thinking Labour Law in the Digitalisation Era

Register now: European conference organized by ETUI, ELW and ETUC, with the support of ELDH 15 and 16 October 2020 Conference organised by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), the European Lawyers for Workers (ELW) Network and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), with the support of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and … Read more

European Labour Law Conference – 15 and 16 February 2019 – Documentation

Documentation of the European Labour Law Conference New forms of labour and new structures of enterprises – challenges for labour law, 15 and 16 February 2019 Frankfurt/M., IG Metall Headquarter, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Str- 79 • Friday, 15 February 2019, 13h30 – 18h30 and • Saturday, 16 February 2019, 09h00 – 13h00 At the conference participated labour law … Read more

European Labour Law Conference – New forms of labour and new structures of enterprises – challenges for labour law

 on 15 and 16 February 2019 simultaneous translation German-English-German   NEW FORMS OF LABOUR AND NEW STRUCTURES OF ENTERPRISES – challenges for labour law Frankfurt/M., IG Metall Headquarter, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Str- 79 download programme in English/ Programm auf deutsch als PDF-Datei herunterladen *****              Description of the Conference Following conferences in Brussels, … Read more

Documentation (available papers) – European Union, Brexit – the future of workers’ rights – European Conference, 11 November 2017, London

European Conference, 11th November 2017, London, Diskus Centre at Unite, 128 Theobald’s Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8T 


EU Brexit Workers Rights – conference handout

The programme with the available speeches:

09h30 – 10h00 Opening:

  • John Hendy Q.C., Institute for Employment Rights IER   
  • Rose Keeping, Regional Industrial Officer, Unite the Union
  • Prof. Bill Bowring, ELDH President

10h00 – 11h45 1.       The Future of Trade Union Rights, social rights (collective labour law, for a social Europe instead of a “social pillar):

  • Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary of ETUC, Brussels: For a Pillar of enforceable and universal social rights slides
  • John Hendy QC, barrister, London (IER): The dilemma for trade union rights in Britain: caught between the EU and Free Trade Agreements speech
  • Lorenzo Fassina, Rome (Head of the legal office of CGIL): CGIL’s strategy for defending and increasing individual and collective rights in Italy
  • Marthe Corpet, CGT, Confederation Policy Advisor – International Department, Paris: Trade union rights in France under attack – CGT strategy speech

12h00 – 13h30 2.       How to create more security for workers  (concepts on national and European level for individual labour law for domestic and migrant workers)

  • Klaus Lörcher, Germany, former ETUC legal advisor, former Legal Secretary of the Civil Service Tribunal of the European Union: The role of the European Social Charter for the protection of (migrant) workers’ rights, in particular after Brexit speech slides, speech
  • Ms. Dr Sanja Cukut Krilic, Research Fellow, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia: Insecurities and vulnerabilities of migrant and posted workers: the need for information provision slides, speech
  • Sergey Saurin, Centre for Social and Labour Rights (CSLR), lawyer, Moscow: The impact of European labour standards on Russian labour law and enforcement practice

4h15 – 16h00 3.       How to defend the rights of refugees and migrants. The impact of Brexit and EU policy.

  • Frances Webber, Institute of Race Relations: Brexit, refugees and the hostile environment speech
  • Lionel Crusoé, lawyer, Paris: The effect of Brexit on refugees and forced migrants
  • Karl Kopp, Director of European Affairs, PRO ASYL, Frankfurt/Main: Perspectives for the defence of Human Rights for Refugees in Europe. The impact of Brexit. draft outline
  • Alison Harvey, barrister, London: The trafficked and the new undocumented post Brexit speech

16h15 – 18h00 4.       European Democracy and human rights – between (Br)Exit and the rule of exception (How to develop European Democracy, how to fight non-democratic developments in EU states;):

  • Prof. Andreas Fisahn, Bielefeld: : The lack of democracy and the future of the union speech
  • Prof. Steve Peers, Essex
  • Dr. Marco Inglese, Faculty of Law, University of Fribourg, Switzerland: The European Citizens’ Initiative: an effective tool to boost democratic participation? speech
  • Julian Bild, Solicitor: Anti-trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (speaking in a personal capacity): The EU: A help or hindrance? speech

European Conference – European Union, Brexit – the future of workers’ rights – 11 November 2017, London

Register now: download registration form Download complete programme 11th November 2017, London, Diskus Centre at Unite, 128 Theobald’s Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8T 09h30 – 10h00 Opening: ELDH/Haldane: Prof. Bill Bowring, ELDH President Unite: N.N. 10h00 – 11h45 1.       The Future of Trade Union Rights, social rights (collective labour law, for a social Europe instead … Read more


European Labour Law Conference – Florence, 12- 13 May, 2017

Pictures taken at the conference

Video recording of the speeches held at the conference as far as available

1st day

1) A. Loffredo https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RZlBFZXB6WEMzTEE

2) F. Durante https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RTGdXTFRkWndQWWs

3) M. Schubert https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RRGE3R05vMkdpTzQ

4) J. L. Wabant https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RVnJKYXRLanVRUHM

5) A. Jacobs https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RU1hjbXFBR1pJUTQ

6) A. B. Grau https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RQjRPR0xCS3dVUHM

8) G. Orlandini https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RUVVmWXdibDJBTUE

9) M. Houwerzijl https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4ReDJVTHI5cVFzaUE

10) Q&A Orlandini – Houwerzijl https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RZEpLSnB4d2ExaEU

 2nd day

1) J. Cremers https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4Rc3JtMEpLY2JTUTQ

2) R. Helm https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RaFVwbEFoUXRGdUE

3) R. Buschman https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RMDZlejh4NXc4eEk

4) W. Daubler https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RcHFjOXNtbmZraVk

5) Q&A Daubler https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RWnJicmVmZjR3M3M

6) J. Hendy https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RRy1BdFkwUkRUcFE

7) E. Lynch https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RMGdOS0F5bUtTRkU

8) A. Lassandari https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RM2xwdnJWeExBTDQ

9) S. Camusso https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2kPPeHW0Z4RWU4tX200TVJEb1E


ELW Press Release

The speakers and their papers as far as available (below)

Friday, 12 May 2017

13h30 until 14h00: Registration and welcome coffee/tea

14h00 – 18h30 

Welcome speeches

Professor Dr. Antonio Loffredo, University of Siena

Fausto Durante – Head of European and International policies CGIL

Michael Schubert – lawyer, Freiburg, ELW-Network


Chair:  Thomas Schmidt – lawyer, Secretary General ELDH, Dusseldorf

The right to strike and atypical worker / new forms of work (Prof. Dr. A.T.J.M. Antoine Jacobs, Tilburg University) Jacobs – speech – EN

Criminalisation of trade unionists (Professor Dr. Antonio Baylos Grau, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)
Baylos – abstract -IT, Baylos – abstract – EN

The case of Uber (Dr. Valerio De Stefano, Bocconi University, Milan)

coffee/tea break


Chair: Silvia Rainone – PhD candidate, Tilburg University

Social dumping and posting of workers (Professor Dr. Giovanni Orlandini University of Siena)
Orlandini – speech – ITORLANDINI speech – EN

Social dumping and abusive practices in the transport sector: the crucial role of letterbox companies (Professor Dr. Mijke S. Houwerzijl, Tilburg University)
Houwerzijl – speech EN


Saturday, 13 May, 09h00 – 13h00

08:45 Welcome coffee/tea


Chair: Dr. Jan Buelens – lawyer, Brussels

Public procurement and social clauses – an overview within the EU-genesis (Dr. Jan M. B. Cremers, Senior Researcher at Tilburg University and AIAS Amsterdam)
Cremers – speech – EN

Public procurement and health and safety regulations as social clauses – the Munich airport example (Dr. Rüdiger Helm, lawyer, Munich/Capetown)
Helm – Speech

Jurisdiction of the ECJ and the ECtHR supporting shelter by labour law, directives and human rights – an overview

(Rudolf Buschman, Center for legal appeals and European law of the DGB, University of Kassel)
Buschmann – paper – EN, Buschmann – paper – DE

Short break

Panel – Conclusions for trade unions and labour lawyers – regaining the initiative:

Chair: Professor Dr. Antonio Loffredo, University of Siena

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Däubler, University of Bremen, Reconstruction instead of deregulation in Greece ! – the recommendations  of the Expert Group  for the review of Greek labour market institutions
Daeubler – speech – DE

John Hendy QC, barrister, Chairman of the Institute of Employment Rights (IER), London, A Manifesto for Labour Law: towards a comprehensive revision of workers’ rights
Hendy – speech – EN

Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary of ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation),  Brussels/Dublin, The so called “social pillar” of the EU Commission Lynch – 

Professor Dr. Andrea Lassandari (University of Bologna), La Carta dei diritti universali del lavoro


Susanna Camusso, Secretary General of CGIL