LLRN Inaugural Conference - Call for papers and proposals


LLRN Inaugural Conference - UPF, Barcelona, 2013


Proposals are welcome on any topic related to labour/employment law, broadly conceived. There are a number of topics which we find especially timely and would be excited to discuss at the conference, and we list them below. However, we are also keen to find out about other cutting-edge topics and the organizing committee therefore encourages proposals on alternatives topics and themes. We are also planning to save some space for highly timely topics that might arise between the deadline for submitting proposals and the date of the conference itself.


 Possible themes or topics include:

  • The future of labour unions and collective activism
  • New approaches to precarious work and enforcement problems
  • Exploring different perspectives on labour and employment Law (feminism; new governance; regulatory theory; economic analysis; empirical studies)
  • Rethinking the purpose and scope of labour law
  • Labour law and development
  • Labour law in an era of labour and capital mobility
  • Labour law and the ongoing economic crisis
  • De-commodification and social rights
  • Labour law and welfare state policies

Call for proposals

We are inviting proposals of:


Scholars interested in presenting papers at the conference are invited to submit an abstract of up to 500 words. Please include a title, your name and affiliation and contact information.


Scholars are also welcome to submit proposals for full sessions, which include 3-4 papers and a discussant. Such proposals should be submitted by the organizer of the session (who will also serve as the chair), and include abstracts of all proposed papers as well as a short integrative statement explaining the theme of the session (all in one file).

Book Symposiums

Scholars who wish to organize a discussion around a recent important labour law book are invited to propose a session with 3-4 discussants and the book author as a respondent. Proposals for book symposiums do not require abstracts, just a short explanation of the book's importance and brief bios of the discussants who agreed to take part.  

Research Centres Showcase Panels

Labour law research centres are invited to propose sessions in which their research projects will be presented and discussed. The exact plan for such sessions is open for discussion with the organizing committee.     

We also welcome proposals for concurrent events. We encourage scholars or groups planning closed workshop (or other meetings) on labour law topics to consider holding those meetings in Barcelona, immediately before or after the LLRN conference. This could prove convenient for participants in both events, and minimize their costs. The organizing committee will be happy to help in securing appropriate rooms at Pompeu Fabra University for such meetings.

All submissions should be sent to [email protected].

Important dates

October 15, 2012 Last day to submit abstracts/session proposals
December 15, 2012 Decisions on acceptance of papers/sessions
May 15, 2013 Last day to submit full papers
June 14-15, 2013 Conference