LLRN Inaugural Conference - Program


LLRN Inaugural Conference - UPF, Barcelona, 2013  



Thursday, June 13, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013


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Thursday, June 13, 2013


13:00 Registration opens


16:00-16:45 LLRN Advisory Board Meeting (Room 40.063)


17:00-19:30 Opening Plenary Panel (Auditorium)



  • J.M. Vilajosana (Pompeu Fabra University, Dean of Law School)
  • J. López (Pompeu Fabra University, greDTiSS - Consolidated Research Group in Labour and Social Security Law)
  • G. Davidov (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, LLRN Steering Committee Chair)


LLRN Awards for Distinguished Contributions to Labour Law

  • Presenting an award to Prof. Bob Hepple (University of Cambridge): Prof. Silvana Sciarra (University of Florence)
  • Presenting an award to Prof. Harry Arthurs (Osgoode Hall, York University, Canada): Prof. Brian Langille (University of Toronto)


Austerity and Labour Law: Recent Developments in Spain


20:00 Dinner

  • Keynotes - F. Azón (CGPJ - Spanish General Council of the Judiciary)

Friday, June 14, 2013


9:00-10:45 Parallel Panels


Facing Development: The North-South Challenge to Transnational Labour Law (Room 40.002)         


The Future of the Wagner Model of Labour Law in Canada and United States (Room 40.004)


Gender Issues in Labour Law I (Room 40.008)


Proportionality and other Open-Ended Standards in Labour Law (Room 40.010)         


Goals/Foundations of Labour Law I (Room 40.012)         


10:45-11:15 Coffee Break


11:15-13:00 Parallel Panels


Non-Discrimination Law and Equal Treatment of Employees - Recent Developments and Future Challenges(Room 40.002)         


The Notion of Worker and Segmentation of Rights (Roundtable) (Room 40.004)         

  • 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)


Voices at work (Roundtable) (Room 40.008)         

  • Organizers/Chairs: A. Bogg (University of Oxford) & T. Novitz (University of Bristol, UK)
  • Panelists:
    • A. Bogg (University of Oxford)
    • E. Tucker (Osgoode Hall, York University, Canada)
    • V. Mantouvalou (University College, London)
    • D. Brodie (University of Stirling, UK)
    • B. Creighton (RMIT University, Melbourne)          
    • T. Novitz (University of Bristol)


Social Rights and the Market (Roundtable) (Room 40.010)         

  • Organizers/Chairs: R. Dukes (University of Glasgow) & D. Ashiagbor (SOAS, University of London)
  • Panelists:
    • R. Dukes (University of Glasgow)
    • D. Ashiagbor (SOAS, University of London)
    • G. Mundlak (Tel-Aviv University)
    • K. Rittich (University of Toronto)
    • D. Davis (University of Cape Town)


Who is an "Employer" (Room 40.012)          


13:00-14:00 Lunch Break


Lunch-time PhD Networking Meeting (Room 40.039)         

  • All PhD candidates are invited to this informal get-together over lunch. See what other are working on, and get some tips about publishing in international labour law journals.
  • Moderators: N. Smit (NWU Potchefstroom, South Africa) and M. Rönnmar (Lund University, Sweden; IJCLLIR Editor-in-Chief)


14:00-15:45 Parallel Panels


Labour Law and the Welfare State (Room 40.002)         


EU Labour Law in the Wider World (Room 40.008)         


Comparative Perspectives on Affirmative Action/Positive Action in Employment (Room 40.010)         


Labour Representation Models (Room 40.012)         


The Evolution of Labour Law in the Asia-Pacific Region: Methodological and Comparative Perspectives(Room 40.063)         


15:45-16:15 Coffee break


16:15-17:45 Parallel Panels


Access to Employment of People with Disabilities: Active Inclusion Policies and Legal Framework in Some E.U. Countries (Roundtable) (Room 40.002)         

  • Organizer/Chair: C. Spinelli (University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy)
    • Panelists:
    • C. Spinelli (University of Bari Aldo Moro)
    • P. Digennaro (University of Bari Aldo Moro)
    • V. Pietrogiovanni (University of Bari Aldo Moro)
    • K. Gromek-Broc (University of York, UK)
    • A. Inghammar (University of Lund, Sweden)
    • S. Laulom (University Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne, France)
    • J. Brockmann (Hamburg University)


Rethinking Transnational Collective Bargaining (Roundtable) (Room 40.004)

  • Organizer/Chair: K. Ahlberg (University of Stockholm; Regulating Markets and Labour Research Program)
    • Panelists:
    • C. Rosado Marzán (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
    • E. Ales (University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy)
    • D. Schiek (University of Leeds, UK)
    • S. Sciarra (University of Florence)


Austerity, Gender and Labour Law (Room 40.008)         


Frontiers of Workplace Human Rights: A View from the Americas (Room 40.010)          


Freedom of Association and the Right to Strike (Room 40.012)

  • Chair: M. Houwerzijl (Tilburg University); organized by B. Langille (University of Toronto)
  • The Legal Structure of Freedom of Association - B. Langille (University of Toronto)
  • The Legal Structure of Freedom of Association: A Reply - A. Bogg (University of Oxford)
  • What Can be Done About Strike-related Violence? - A. Rycroft (University of Cape Town)
  • The Limits of Collective Bargaining in an Unequal Society: A Preliminary Look at the Causes of the Strike Wave in South Africa in 2012 - P. Benjamin (University of Cape Town)


Saturday, June 15, 2013


9:00-10:45 Parallel Panels


The Globalization of Labour and Labour Law (Room 40.002) 


Does Transnational Labour Law Need International Human Rights Law and Vice Versa? (Room 40.004)


New Book Presentation: The Decline of the Standard Contract of Employment (Room 40.006)

  • Organizers/Chairs: K. Stone (University of California, Los Angeles) & H. Arthurs (Osgoode Hall, York University, Canada)
  • The Decline in the Standard Employment Contract in the United States - K. Stone (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Burying Caesar: What was the Standard Employment Contract? - M. Freedland (University of Oxford)
  • "The Employment Contract is Dead: Hurrah for the Work Contract!" A European Perspective - B. Caruso (University of Catania, Italy)
  • Erosion, Exhaustion, or Renewal? New Forms of Collective Bargaining in Germany - T. Haipeter (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
  • Safety Nets and Transition Assistance: Continuity and Change in a 'Liberal' Welfare State - A. O'Donnell (La Trobe University, Melbourne)


Labour Law and its Others (Room 40.008)         


Rethinking Dispute Resolution (Room 40.010)         


10:45-11:15 Coffee break


11:15-12:45 Parallel Panels


The Right to Work (Roundtable) (Room 40.002)         

  • Organizer/Chair: V. Mantouvalou (Labour Rights Institute, University College, London)
  • Panelists:
    • H. Collins (London School of Economics)
    • N. Countouris (University College, London)
    • M. Freedland (University of Oxford)
    • E. Albin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
    • A. Bogg (University of Oxford)
    • G. Mundlak (Tel-Aviv University)


Gender Issues in Labour Law II  (Room 40.004)         


Implementation of Works Councils Systems in Eastern Europe (Roundtable) (Room 40.006)         

  • Organizer/Chair: N. Lyutov (Moscow State Law Academy)
  • Panelists:
    • E. Kovács (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
    • D. Petrylaite (University of Vilnius, Lithuania)
    • M. Muda (University of Tartu, Estonia)
    • K. Tomashevski & E. Volk (International University MITSO, Belarus)
    • P. Hůrka (Charles University, Czech Republic)      
    • N. Lyutov (Moscow State Law Academy)


Age and Gender Equality at Work (Room 40.008)         


Enforcement Problems in Labour Law (Room 40.010)         


12:45-13:45 Lunch Break


13:45-15:30 Parallel Panels


Goals/Foundations of Labour Law II (Room 40.002)         


New Governance and Labour Law: Influencing Workplace Practices and Agents (Room 40.004)         

  • Organizer/Chair: G. Anderson (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
  • The Interface Between the Law and the Workplace: The Role of Human Resource Managers - G. Anderson & J. Bryson (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
  • "Law as Risk Virus" in Governing Labour Practice Issues - D. Doorey (York University, Canada)
  • Guarding the Gatekeepers: The Use of Accessorial Liability to Address Employer Non-Compliance in Australia - J. Howe & T. Hardy (University of Melbourne)
  • EU Bailout conditionality as a De Facto Mode of Government: A Neo-liberal 'Black Hole' for the Greek Collective Labour Law system? - I. Katsaroumpas (University of Oxford)
  • Discussant: C. Fenwick (International Labour Organization


Labour Law in Times of Crisis and Global Competition (Room 40.006)         


Who is an "Employee" (Room 40.008)         


Collective Bargaining and Corporate Governance (Room 40.010)


15:30-16:00 Coffee Break


16:00-17:15 Parallel Panels


New Book Presentation: The European Convention on Human Rights and the Employment Relationship(Roundtable) (Room 40.002)         

  • Chair: N. Bruun (University of Helsinki); organized by F. Dorssemont (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium)
  • Panelists:
    • F. Dorssemont (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium)
    • F. Hendrickx (KU Leuven, Belgium)
    • L. Vickers (Brookes University of Oxford)
    • I. van Hiel (Ghent University, Belgium)


A Restatement of European Labour Law (Roundtable) (Room 40.004)         

  • Organizers/Chairs: B. Waas (University of Frankfurt) & G. Heerma van Voss (University of Leiden, Netherlands)
  • Panelists:
    • B. Waas (University of Frankfurt)
    • G. Heerma van Voss (University of Leiden, Netherlands)
    • M. Finkin (University of Illinois)
    • S. Sciarra (University of Florence)


Goals/Foundations of Labour Law III (Room 40.006)         


Labour Law and New Technologies (Room 40.008)         


The Contract of Employment (Room 40.010)


Workers' Dismissal and Mobility (Room 40.012)