About the Society

President-Elect Announcement

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Professor Janice Bellace was elected as President-Elect of the ISLSSL at the Executive Committee meeting held in Prague on 20 September 2017. President-Elect and Treasurer Janice Bellace will become President of the ISLSSL at the end of the next XXII World Congress of the ISLSSL, to be held in Turin on 4-7 September 2018. Her period of presidency will be 2018-2021.

XII. European Regional Congress of the ISLSSL

Dear colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the XII. European Regional Congress of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL), which is going to be held for the first time in Prague, Czech Republic, from September 20-22, 2017. We have an exciting scientific program. Several hot topics (like Migrant workers, Sport and Labour Law, Temporary agency work, Work-life balance etc.) will be discussed by most distinguished researchers.

Coming to Prague in occasion of our congress is a great opportunity to meet old friends and also new colleagues, as well as to enjoy the most beautiful places of Prague (including the historical seat of the ancient Charles University, where the opening ceremony will take place, or the most beautiful Art Nouveau building in the world, where we will have the gala dinner).

Registration is open at the XII European Regional Congress website. Until the end of April special prices are offered.

We really do hope to be able to welcome you in Prague for this occasion. It goes without saying, that we will be more than grateful, if you could disseminate this invitation among your colleagues.

Kind regards

ISLSSL XII. ERC organising committee

Latest reports from the Young Legal Scholars

Dear colleagues and friends,

When the initiative of the Young Scholars’ Section started, each national representative was requested to prepare a report to expose the impact of the economic crisis on the recent evolution of the National Labour Law systems in the European Countries (by the different sides of employment contract law, trade union law and collective bargaining and the social security law). On the Young Legal Scholars page you can find the reports which have been sent until now (12), that are the results of the effort of each national group of young scholars of the European embryo, which will be illustrated by the respective national representatives during the Session scheduled in Dublin next 17th of September.

View the National Reports

Giuseppe Casale Adrián Goldin
Secretary-General President


When we started our functions, we announced that one of our priorities would be the launching of a new website that would render more dynamic the work of the Society.

Today, thanks to the generous support of Jeffrey Sack and colleagues at Lancaster House in Canada, and of Steven Willborn (USA), we are delighted to announce the launch (www.islssl.org) (www.sidtss.org).

These changes reflect our first ideas for a better and more dynamic website. They are not exclusive or final and we will continue to innovate in a way that best suits our Society’s project. We look forward to your ideas and proposals. In particular, let us know any errors or omissions that have inevitably crept into the text, due to the large amount of material that we have tried to incorporate.

Among its most important assets, the ISLSSL has both an international character and a multicultural dimension. While the plurality of languages renders its management more complex, the diversity of legal cultures offers an unsurpassed richness that will be available to all members of the Society. The new website should, we fervently hope, help to make this possible.

Please see the Society News for more information.

Giuseppe Casale Adrián Goldin
Secretary General President

Labour law and welfare: Position paper by Prof. Tiziano Treu

Dear colleagues and friends,

With a view to opening a discussion among our members within the newly established website of the ISLSSL, we have asked to Professor Tiziano Treu – one of the greatest contemporary Italian jurists – to prepare a position paper to start a debate on how labour law and social protection systems should “surf” in the present and future contexts.


About the Society

The ISLSSL was constituted in Brussels in June 1958. It is the result of the merger of the International Society for Social Law (São Paulo Congress, 1954, and Brussels Congress, 1958) and the International Congresses of Labour Law (Trieste, 1951, and Geneva, 1957).

The ISLSSL has been established with the following purposes:

  • to study labour and social security law at the national as well as international level,
  • to promote the exchange of ideas and information from a comparative perspective, and
  • to encourage the closest possible collaboration among academics, lawyers, and other experts within the fields of labour and social security law.

The aims of the Society are of a purely scientific character, independent of all considerations of a political, philosophical or religious nature.