Labour Law Research Network Inaugural Conference

13-15 June 2013 - UPF, Barcelona

Organized by the Labour Law Research Network and greDTiSS 


LLRN Inaugural Conference

Members of greDTiSS participated in the following panels of the conference:

Opening Plenary Panel : Austerity and Labour Law: Recent Developments in Spain

  • Chair: F. Ebert (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Germany)
  • Flexiprecarity: A Spanish Version of Flexicurity - J. López, S. Canalda & A. de le Court (Pompeu Fabra University)
  • Austerity Measures and the Regression of Social Rights: The Recessionary Effect in the Right to Dignity - C. Chacartegui (Pompeu Fabra University)
  • Crisis and Labour Market in Spain - B. Suárez Corujo (Autonomous University Madrid)
  • The New Spanish Labour Legislation M.R. Alarcón (Spanish Supreme Court)
  • Discussant: R. Fishman (University Of Notre Dame, USA)

The Notion of Worker and Segmentation of Rights (Roundtable)

  • Chair: F. Valdés Dal-Ré (Justice, Spanish Constitutional Court); organized by J. López (Consolidated Research Group in Labour and Social Security Law, Pompeu Fabra University)
  • Panelists:
    • J. López. C. Chacartegui & E. Colàs (Pompeu Fabra University)
    • M. Freedland (University of Oxford)
    • K. Stone (University of California, Los Angeles)
    • B. Caruso (University of Catania, Italy)
    • P. Benjamin (University of Cape Town)
    • G. Davidov (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
    • B. Langille (University of Toronto)
    • J. Fargas (Pompeu Fabra University)

Austerity, Gender and Labour Law

  • Chair: C. Chacartegui (Pompeu Fabra University); organized by J. Fudge (University of Victoria, Canada)
  • Where is Gender in Labour Law? Notes From an Expanding Field - K. Rittich (University of Toronto)
  • Towards a More Holistic Vision of Working Time? Revision of the Working Time Directive as a Litmus Test for EU's Commitment to Gender Equality - A. Zbyszewska (University of Victoria, Canada)
  • Beyond Flexibility? Legal Form and Temporal Rationalities in UK Worklife - E. Grabham (University of Kent, UK)
  • Effects of the Economic Crisis on Gender Equality: the Spanish Case - Mª. L. Rodríguez Fernández (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

Labour Law and New Technologies (Room 40.008)         

  • Chair: A. Kun (Karoli Gaspar University, Hungary)
  • Social Networking: New Challenges in the Modern Workplace - A. Muñoz Ruiz (Carlos III University of Madrid)
  • Collective Labour rights 2.0: Emerging threats and opportunities in the digital age - E. Colàs (Pompeu Fabra University)
  • Chilling Times: Labour Law and the Regulation of Social Media Policies - L. Thornthwaite (Macquarie University, Australia)


Resocialising Europe and the mutualization of risks to workers

Resocialising Europe Conference

18-19 May 2012 - UCL Faculty of Laws, London

hosted by Unviversity College London - Faculty of Laws


  • Workshop 2 - 'Working Conditions and Labour Market Regulation' 

Chaired by: Colm O'Cinneide


  • Chelo Chacartegui ‐ New Trends in the Use of Temporary Agency Work: the Consolidation of Social Dumping
  • Anne Davies ‐ Regulating Atypical Work Beyond Equality
  • Sonia McKay ‐ Resocializing Europe and the Mutualization of Precarious Work
  • Wanjiru Njoya ‐ Flexibility, Corporate Restructuring and Enterprise Risk
  • Mia Rönnmar ‐ Employment Protection, Employability and Rights to Lifelong Learning, Training and Education Within the Employment Contract
  • Astrid Sanders ‐ The Changing Face of 'Flexicurity'?
  • Aurora Vimercati ‐ Job (in)security and Economic and Financial (in)stability
  • Manfred Weiss ‐ Job Security: A Challenge for EU Social Policy
Comments: Hugh Collins


  • Workshop 4 - 'Collective Dimensions and the Social Partners'

Chaired by: Thomas Händel


  • Alan Bogg ‐ The EU Social Dialogue: From Autonomy to Deliberation?
  • William Brown and Chris Wright ‐ Supply Chain Co‐ordination: A New Form of Labour Market Regulation in the Context of Collective Bargaining Decline?
  • Ruth Dukes ‐ Where Now for the Social Dialogue?
  • Julia Lopez ‐ Strategies Against Demutualization - the ETUC Approach
  • Hannah Reed ‐ Resocialising Europe: A Trade Union Perspective
  • Silvana Sciarra ‐ Collective Bargaining and Social Europe
  • Andrzej Świątkowski ‐ European Common Social Rights Platform - the Case of the Right to Strike
  • Bernd Waas - Collective Bargaining and the Charter

Comments: Nicola Countouris


You can find a more detailed programme here (PDF format)


Regulating for Decent Work Network

2nd Conference on Regulating for a Fair recovery Network, International Labour Office, Geneva 6-8 July 2011



Regulating for a Fair recovery

7 July 2011, Thursday

Session 2.6 Growing roles of labour standards: international and national perspectives

  • "Judicialization and ILO Conventions: the Spanish case from a multilevel perspective" J. Lopez (U. Pompeu Fabra)
  • "Regulating for decent night work: a comparative analysis of national laws regulating night work" D. Leahy (ILO), R. Maldonado (ILO) and A. Nunes (ILO)
  • "Collective bargaining in public sector in the post‐crisis era" R. Mäkipää (ILO) 

The conference programme is now available on the RDW website


Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)

SASE's 23rd Annual Meeting / June 23-25 2011


Transformations of Contemporary Capitalism: Actors, Institutions, Processes


Flexibility and Security: New Approaches to Employment Regulation


Network K: Law and the Social Sciences

Schedule Information:

Scheduled Time: Fri, Jun 24 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm  Building/Room: Political Sciences, Floor Ground Floor - PB-8

Title Displayed in Event Calendar: Flexibility and Security: New Approaches to Employment Regulation (2)

Session Participants:

Session Organizer: Katherine Stone (UCLA School of Law) 
New Approaches to Work-Family Balance and Gender Equality: Pension Reform and Antidiscrimination Law

*Julie C. Suk (Cardozo Law School)

De-commodification and family polices: best practices from a rights and capabilities perspective.

*Julia Lopez (University of Pompeu-Fabra)

What Policies for Economic and Social Development? Insights from Institutional Economics and Psychoanalysis

*Arturo Hermann (Institute for Studies and Economic Analyses (ISAE))


This panel continues the theme of new approaches to issues of employment and flexibility. In this panel, the focus is on the impact of new work practices to gender and work-family balance issues, and a consideration of regulatory approaches that could help make the emerging workplace compatible with gender equality and family justice.



Eighteenth International Conference of Europeanists


council european studies


Trade Unions Between Regulation and Conflict: The EU case

Barcelona, Spain

Monday, June 20, 2011 - Wednesday, June 22, 2011



CES Globalization Research Network

Schedule Information:

Scheduled Time: Tue, Jun 21 - 11:30am - 1:15pm  Building/Room: Universidad Ramón Llull, Room 415

Session Participants:

Complex and interactive strategies of Trade unions: negotiating Council Directives and organizing euro-strikes.

*Julia Lopez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Trade unions and market dualism, new forms of workers representation in Italy in the European perspective

*Caruso Bruno (Catania University)

"Better, Not Cheaper". A German Trade Union Campaign and its Effects for Works Councils and Union Power

*Thomas Haipeter (Universitaet Duisburg-Essen)

Political Mobilisation of Trade Union Members: Southern Europe in Comparative Perspective

*Luis Ortiz (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

The flexibility Debate and the role of Trade Union

*Mark Freedland (Oxford University)

Discussant: Dorian Warren (Columbia University)

Discussant: Consuelo Chacartegui (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Chair: Katherine Stone (UCLA)


Global markets, economic crisis, and new actors as well as new types of relations among actors are reshaping the context within which European unions operate. Among the challenges unions face is the need to rewrite their own process of multilevel representation. All these challenges that trade unions face are present in the EU context. The EU has transformed institutions, labor relations and the realities faced by union members in a way that would have been impossible to imagine 20 years ago, despite the tension between national and European Union polices in the construction of a Trade Community. In this panorama, the trade unions have tried to create spaces of influence in the construction of the European society with some successful results. The goal of this panel is to analyze the reflection and impact of general EU debates within the union movement.

In recent decades unions have developed complex and interactive strategies in relation with institutions of the EU, with negotiation and conflictual activism both playing a role. This will be the topic of the paper presented by J. Lopez, who will analyze the impact of these strategies on the regulatory process. T. Haipeter will offer a perspective on alternative policies in the relation of unions and work councils in order to maintain rights and stop the degradation of labor conditions in Germany. L. Ortiz will analyze in his paper the relation between mobilization and membership, studying different models of trade unionism. M. Freedland will focus on the difficulties that the new framework of flexisecurity.poses for union strategies about job security. B. Caruso paper will study the context of the new ways of labor regulation with the Open Method of Coordination.


Employment Regulation After the Standard Contract of Employment:  Innovations in Regulatory  Design

Russell sage Foundation

UCLA school of law

Rockefeller foundation

Labor and employment research fund

Osgoode Hall Law School of York University


Conference at Bellagio Conference Center, September 20 - 24, 2010

Project Organizers:

Katherine V.W. Stone, Arjay and Frances Miller Professor orf Law, UCLA School of Law
Harry Arthurs, President Emeritus and University Professor Emeritus, York University


Participant List:

Takashi Araki

Harry Arthurs

Thomas Bredgaard

Bruno Caruso

Alex Colvin

Mark Freedland

Morley Gunderson

Thomas Haipeter

Robert Kuttner

Julia Lopez (with a paper of Chelo Chacartegui, Cesar G. Cantón and herself)

Anthony O'Donnell

Michael Rawlings

Ida Regalia

Katherine Stone

Kendra Strauss

Julie Suk

Eric Wanner

Dorian Warren