26 september 2008

Europeanisation and globalisation vs. labour law: curse or blessing?

1. At the end of the 19th century, Belgian labour law was developed to mitigate the negative effects of the free market. The rules of supply and demand between unequal parties had led to exploitation, thus making social protection necessary. Elsewhere in Europe, social models were also created for national labour markets. However, during the past decades, these national social models have come under pressure, partly due to economic and financial globalisation, but also to Europeanisation, which has resulted in larger markets. This phenomenon is leading to international social competition and new forms of exploitation and exclusion. Closely associated with this phenomenon are trends to liberalise the labour market, flexibility, flexicurity and individualisation. Consequently, there is a need to reconcile a global labour market with the fundamental principle of ‘decent work’.

2. Convinced of the importance of these new trends for PhD research in different EU Member States, the Social Law Unit and the Centre For Law and Cosmopolitan Values are organising an international PhD seminar on the topic of “Globalisation, Europeanisation and labour law”. The aim of the seminar is to discuss and reflect on the difficulties and challenges of employment in a more global labour market.

More information can be gathered here.

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