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10th Labor and Social Security Law American Regional Congress, 2016

ISLSSL-logo Panama City
 26‑30 September 2016

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(Available in Spanish only)

1. Call

The International Society for Labor and Social Security Law and its partner in Panama, the Labor Law Academy of Panama (APADETRA, for its name in Spanish), are pleased to convene the 10th Labor and Social Security Law American Regional Congress (“10th LSSLARC 2016”) which will take place in Panama City in the RIU hotel from the 26th to 30th September 2016.

2. Congress Topics

The 10th LSSLARC 2016 will address three official topics and include three round tables, opening conference, event for young scholars, national event, special conference on seafarers work and presentation of posters, national reports and free papers. Please refer to the topics and round tables at the end of this call.

3. Accommodation

The event will take place in RIU HOTEL, a 5 stars premium hotel in Panama City and a second premium tourist hotel will be available to accommodate participants. Participants will be able to choose between standard deluxe and tourist standard tariffs (prices will be announced in the congress website).

Accommodation will be handled by the Congress Official Agency Pesantez Tours (contact details below in section 11 “Tourism”).

4. Transportation

The Organizing Committee will offer airport-hotel- airport to participants who wish to book said service. Additionally, the Organizing Committee will take required actions to provide ground transportation to foreign participants (included in registration fee).

5. Registration Fee

There will be different fees for each of the following four types of participants: foreigners, locals, local students and companions.

There will be three different dates for payment of registration fees. The first date is until January 31, 2016 and grants 20% discount on registration fees. Up to three month before the event (June 25, 2016), 10% discount will be granted.

Registration fee:
Foreigners: USD $400.00
Panama Citizens: USD $300.00
Panama B.A. Students: USD $150.00
Companions: USD $150.00

Closing Dinner: USD $75.00

Payment of Registration Fee entitles to, in addition to attendance to Congress sessions, to the following:

  • Opening cocktail
  • Coffee breaks during the event
  • Panama Canal Tours (foreigners only)
  • Cultural event
  • Congress work materials
  • USB with official and non-official Congress papers.

Companions will be entitled to:

  • Opening cocktail
  • Panama Canal Tours (foreigners only)
  • Cultural event
  • City Tour or Shopping Tour

6. Presentation of national reports and free papers

Presentation of selected free papers will be allowed. The Organizing Committee, together with the Board of Directors of the International Society for Labor and Social Security Law (ISLSSL), will prepare the rules for drafting and presentations of free papers. Said contributions will be published in electronic format for distribution amongst participants. The Organizing Committee will provide a template for submission of reports per country and Congress topic. The Organizing Committee, together with the Board of Directors of the ISLSSL, will prepare the rules for drafting and presentation of country reports.

7. Languages

The 10th LSSLARC will use two (2) languages: Spanish as official working language and English via simultaneous translation.

8. Organizing Committee

The Organizing Committee in charge of logistics and academic aspects of the event is led by:

9. Cultural and networking activities

The Organizing Committee, through the Official Agency of the 10th LSSLARC, will organize a series of cultural and touristic events as follows:

  • City tour or Shopping tour for companions (included in companion registration fee).
  • Cultural event (included in registration fee).
  • Visit to the new Panama Canal (included in foreigner and companion registration fee).
  • Opening Cocktail (included in registration fee).
  • Closing Dinner, at an additional fee for those wishing to attend.

10. Information

The Organizing Committee has created the web page: with all the information required to participate in the event. You also can get information asking to: APADETRA will provide required information via

11. Tourism

The Official Agency of the 10th LSSLARC Pesantez Tours will offer pre and post Congress options for those participants and companions wishing to enjoy further their stay in Panama. Pesantez Tours contact details: (507) 223-5374 / 366-9100,,

12. Flights

The Organizing Committee will negotiate with the Panama flag airline COPA discounted rates in air flights to Panama City. Information will be provided in the 10th LSSLARC webpage.


The subjects that have been proposed to the Board of Directors of the International Society for Labor and Social Security Law (ISLSSL) are the following:

  1. Opening Conference
    1.1 The use of control technologies and their impact on work and workers

    1. Who gathers personal information?
    2. Should they be held in custody?
    3. How and which technologies can be used to control the working environment and work activities?
    4. Limits to monitoring work activities through new technologies.
    5. Should privacy be waived in light of the employer’s right to control and the inevitable advancement of new technologies?
  2. Core subjects
    2.1 Evolution and transformation of the sources of Labour Law

    1. The impact of social clauses in Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) in the system of sources.
    2. New scenarios; “soft law” (codes of conduct, declarations of principles).
    3. Judicial interpretation as a means of evolution of the system of sources.
    4. Constitutional block theory.
    5. International labour laws and national legal systems.
    6. Effectiveness of pronouncements by control organs and protection of international law.
    7. Tendency towards Contract.

    2.2 Syndicalism in face of the transformation of businesses and the presence of new social actors

    1. Effects of the new forms of business organization over the development of syndicalism.
    2. The syndicate in face of the new means of representation in businesses.
    3. New forms of syndical participation in the control of the application of regulations in the business: syndical seal.
    4. The new social actors.
    5. The use of new technology as an element of transformation and strengthening of syndical action.

    2.3 Social security: how to make it to 2050 with a healthy system, economically and socially

    1. New forms of financing.
    2. Broadening of coverage.
    3. Profitability of pension systems.
    4. Protection in times of crisis.
    5. Financial stability.
    6. Solidarity vs. Profitability.
  3. Round tables
    3.1 The formalization of work-place informality

    1. What is work-place informality?
    2. How informal work should be formalized.
    3. Role of the ILO.
    4. Role of governments, employers and syndicates.
    5. Sub-protection of informality.

    3.2 The effectiveness of the labour process reform

    1. Beyond orality: the keys to labour process reforms.
    2. Development of new resources for new matters.
    3. Shortcomings of oral systems.
    4. Obsolescence of process figures.
    5. Others.

    3.3 Individual expressions of citizenship and their impact in the labor world

    1. Conduct excesses in work festivities: consequences and who to hold responsible.
    2. Hygiene policies and attire: tattoos, lip sticks, hats or equivalents, non-occidental attire.
    3. Domestic violence and its impact in the work-place: victims or aggressors as workers … how to handle it?
    4. Appointing tasks based on gender-based stereotypes: legal or illegal; where to draw the line?
  4. Special Maritime Labor Conference
    An updated vision of seafarers’ work:

    1. hiring and intermediation;
    2. practical application of the 2006 Convention;
    3. access to justice and applicable law;
    4. labour conditions and fundamental rights of seafarers.

    Four specialists will approach the subject with the presentation of ILO or related international organizations. Later, short, simultaneous workshops will take place for discussion of the four sub-topics.

  5. Poster Presentations
    Participants will be allocated adequate space for the presentation of their posters. Parallel to the Special Labor Maritime Conference, the space for posters and their presentations will be open for the public. The Organizing Committee will arrange for poster discussions by topic and language, to enhance their discussion.
  6. Young labor law scholars of America Discussion
    A panel for discussion will be presented, in accordance with the subject proposed by the Young labor law scholars of America.
  7. National event
    A panel will be opened for one or two topics of national interest. Said panel will take place during the foreigners’ visit to the new Panama Canal.

XXI World Congress, Cape Town 2015 – Update 4

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The 21st ISLSSL Labour Law World Congress will take place from the 15th – 18th September 2015 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in Cape Town. The South African Society for Labour Law, SASLAW, is honoured to have won the bid to host the World Congress for the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law in Cape Town in September 2015. This is the first time the Congress is being held in South Africa and indeed, in Africa.



(South African Rand excl VAT)

Standard registration

1 Feb 2015   

–  31 July 2015

Late registration

1 Aug 2015    

–  7 Sep 2015

World Congress International R8,000 R8,500
World Congress Africa (SASLAW members) R6,500 R7,000
World Congress  (Non SASLAW members) R7,500 R8,000
SASLAW National Conference Delegates – Thursday 17 September

2pm to Friday 18 September 19h30

R3,750 R3,750
Day Delegate Rate R3,250 R3,250
Thursday Additional Lunch per person (SASLAW members only) R250 R250
Gala Dinner Ticket – Thursday 17 September R900 R900



The main keynote speakers are Professor Alain Supiot, Doctor in Law at the Collège de France in Paris and Professor Sir Bob Hepple, Emeritus Master of Clare College at the University of Cambridge.

 World Congress 2015 Promotional Document
 World Congress 2015 Accommodations
 World Congress 2015 Programme

Program for the Mediterranean Congress of Labour Law

The Portuguese flag Associação Portuguesa de Direito do Trabalho (APODIT), together with the
French flag Association française de droit du travail et de la sécurité sociale (AFDT), the
Italian flag Associazione italiana di diritto del lavoro e della sicurezza sociale (AIDLASS), and the
Spanish flag Asociación Española de Derecho del Trabajo y de la Seguridad Social (AEDTSS), are organizing a Mediterranean Congress of Labour Law, taking place on May 14-15 in Lisbon, Portugal.


For more information, please see the final program posted below in PDF format, or visit the APODIT website.

Mediterranean Congress of Labour Law
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XXI World Congress, Cape Town 2015 – Update 2

The XXI World Congress of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law is taking place in Cape Town from 15 to 18 September 2015, hosted by the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW).

The Local Organising committee are pleased to advise that a number of sponsors have been secured for the event, registrations are being processed and a good number of interesting paper submissions have been received to date.


Contributions are invited from all participants. The themes are detailed in the link below and the Local Organising committee would welcome your submissions:

The details of how to submit an abstract are herewith:

The submission deadline date is 15 April 2015.

In a special session on Wednesday, 16 September, a panel of experts consisting of international scholars and practitioners, chaired by Professor Manfred Weiss, Emeritus professor at the Faculty of Law at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt will discuss ‘How to cope with fragmentation and segmentation of the workforce.’

A round-table forum on Friday, 18 September will be of particular interest to the delegates, as Judge Dennis Davis, Judge of the Labour Appeal Court and President of the Competition Appeal Court will chair a case study of South Africa’s Labour Relations Act (LRA) 20 years into democracy, with a particular focus on whether ILO principles have contributed to workable labour relations.  Forum members will include ILO experts who assisted in drafting South Africa’s 1995 LRA together with leading representatives of South Africa’s social partners.


Visit the website for an updated list of the various Tours available to Congress delegates:

The Safari Company, the official housing and tour agency of the Congress, would like to help you experience Cape Town’s rich culture and history. A number of tours are on offer to the city’s most interesting cultural and historical sites and scenic surroundings. The tour descriptions, schedules and conditions are indicated below.

You can also go exploring aboard an open-top double-decker bus. With two routes to choose from and buses every 15-25 minutes, this hop-on hop-off tour is a relaxed way to see the sights and scenery of the city and the Peninsula. A two-day pass includes a wine tour, a night-time bus ride to see the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean plus a trip with the hop-on hop-off water taxi along the canal between the CTICC and the V&A Waterfront .

If there are any requirements for private touring, transportation or hospitality services, or interest in other parts of South Africa or Africa, please contact the official appointed agent, The Safari Company, who will be pleased to assist with any arrangements.


The current rate of exchange to the Euro is ZAR13.17 and to the USD is ZAR11.65


Standard registration

1 Feb 2015 – 30 June 2015

Late registration

1 July 2015 – 7 Sep 2015

 World Congress International



 World Congress South Africa (SASLAW non-member)



 World Congress South Africa (SASLAW member)



 World Congress African



 SASLAW National Conference Delegates



 Gala Dinner Ticket



* To note:  All registration fees are payable in ZAR and are inclusive of VAT.

For more information:

Tel: +27 21 914 2751:  Email

2nd International Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law – Registration

“Enterprise Transformation and Social Rights”

Venice, 30 June – 9 July, 2015

Call for Registration

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Opening of registration

Dear colleagues and friends,

On February 1st 2015 we will open the registration to participate to the second edition of the Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law to be held at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy), under the direction of Professor Adalberto Perulli.

The seminar is addressed to legal scholars, graduate students and experts specialized in international labour law and labour law. The knowledge of the English language is essential to participate.

Since the maximum number of seats is 30, we will give priority to the applications of enrolment which arrive first.

The total cost of the seminar is 1000 Euro + IVA (Vat) (22%) = 1220 Euro, which includes accommodation (in June 29, out July 9, 2015, in an University Residence, in a single room with private bathroom), breakfast, meals and organization.

Here you can see the complete program and conditions of participation:

Applications must be submitted by email to, by May 30, 2015.

Registration period: February 1 – May 30, 2015
Application for ISLSSL scholarship: February 1 – March 30, 2015
Deadline to pay: June 1, 2015

Please inform all the members of the national association and give it the widest possible dissemination.

Call for scholarships

In order, again, to achieve the statutory objectives of promoting the study of Labour Law and Social Security among the young legal scholars, we start the selection process for the award of six scholarships (1,220 euros each) which includes accommodation (in 29 June, out 9 July 2015, in a University Residence, in a single room with private bathroom), breakfast, meals and administration.

Seminars and working groups will be in English, whose knowledge is a condition for the participation in the Seminar.

During the seminar, participants will be assisted by four tutors: Vania Brino (PHD, Professor of international labour law), Marco Biasi (PHD in labour law), Valentina Cagnin (PHD in labour law) and Giuseppe Paone (PHD in labour law).

Conditions for the granting of scholarships are:

  1. Only candidates coming from different countries from Italy are eligible.
  2. Maximum age of forty (40) years: preference will be given to those with less than 35 years.
  3. Those who have benefited from a grant from the ISLLSS are not eligible.
  4. Scholarship winner must submit to the International Society of Labour Law and Social Security, within 30 days of the seminar conclusion, a report on its activities and contents.
  5. Both sexes are equally welcome but we encourage nominations from female candidates.
  6. Applications must be submitted to the national association of labour law and social security, that is the country of nationality of the applicant, accompanied by the applicant’s curriculum vitae, motivations for participating in the seminar, research interests, university affiliation and other elements and requirements that the national association considers relevant. The same application has to be sent in copy to
  7. In order to ensure the widest scholarships international distribution, ISLSSL will agree one scholarship to each country, so that if the national association shall receive more than one application, a selection procedure will start, based on considerations of merit and experience, (set by each national association); if that none of the candidates is eligible to be a beneficiary of the scholarship, the selection will be declared unsuccessful.
  8. National associations must notify ISLSSL before the 15th of April 2015 the name, CV and other information provided by the candidate which has been selected. In the event the number of candidates nominated by national associations is greater than the total number of scholarships available (6), ISLSSL through the International Scientific Committee of the Seminar, shall select the six candidates. This Committee will have a maximum of 20 days to identify the 6 candidates that will receive the scholarships. The decision is final and cannot be appealed.

We invite ISLLSS national associations to open immediately the call for the respective scholarship award, establishing deadlines and places for applications which will give an appropriate time for selection, so as to communicate the decision to the ISLLSS within the deadline.

Warm regards,

Giuseppe Casale Adrián Goldin
Secretary-General President

2nd International Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law

“Enterprise Transformation and Social Rights”

Venice, 30 June – 9 July, 2015

2nd International Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law – Program

Draft Agenda

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Arrival of participants

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Morning Welcoming of participants
Prof. M. Bugliesi – Venice Ca’ Foscari University Magnificent Rector
Prof. M. Billio – Venice Ca’ Foscari University, Economics Department Chair
Prof. A. Perulli – Venice Ca’ Foscari University
Prof. A. Goldin – ISLSSL President
Prof. G. Casale – ISLSSL Secretary General, Venice Ca’ Foscari University Visiting Professor
Prof. G. Santoro-Passarelli – AIDLASS (Italian Society for Labour Law and Social Security Law) President
Enterprise organization, the boundaries of the firms and the concept of employer: Economics, labour and commercial law analysis
O. D. HART (Harvard University)
A. LYON-CAEN (University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defence)
A. PERULLI (Venice Ca’ Foscari University)
F. DENOZZA (University of Milan)
Afternoon Working groups and discussion

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Morning Enterprise transformations, externalization processes and productive decentralization
J.-M. SERVAIS (Former Director of International Labour Office (ILO), Honorary President of ISLSSL)
A. GOLDIN (University of Buenos Aires)
R. DEL PUNTA (University of Florence)
G. CORÒ (Venice Ca’ Foscari University)
Afternoon Working groups and discussion

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Morning Enterprise-network and enterprise-groups: Trends and national/international experiences
S. LEADER (University of Essex, TBC)
O. RAZZOLINI (University of Genoa)
S. MICELLI (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, TBC)
Afternoon Working groups and discussion

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Morning Enterprise-network and enterprise-groups: Trends and national/international experiences
S. SCIARRA (Judge of the Constitutional Court of Italy, University of Florence)
F. VALDES DAL-RE (Complutense University of Madrid, Judge of the Constitutional Court of Spain)
G. CASALE (ILO and Venice Ca’ Foscari University)
T. ARAKI (University of Tokyo)
Afternoon Working groups and discussion

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Morning The enterprise in the EU law
1st Session: Enterprises and the Courts role
S. CASSESE (S. CASSESE – Italian Constitutional Court Judge, Emeritus professor at “Scuola Normale Superiore” of Pisa, TBC),
F. BENOIT-ROHMER (University of Strasbourg, EIUC (European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratisation) Secretary General, TBC)
F. MARRELLA (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
2nd Session: Workers participation in the enterprise: information and consultation rights, codetermination dynamics and firms welfare
T. TREU (University Cattolica of Milan)
M. WEISS (Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main)
A. BRUGIAVINI (Venice Ca’ Foscari University)
Afternoon Working groups and discussion

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Morning The “constitutionalisation” of the Firm: Multinationals regulation in the global context between hard and soft law
T. SACHS (University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defence)
S. VERNAC (University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defence)
V. BRINO (Venice Ca’ Foscari University)
Afternoon Working groups and discussion

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Working Groups

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Morning Final reports and discussion
Seminar conclusion by 1:00 p.m.

Note: Lectures and working groups will be in English.

Registration period: February 1 – May 30, 2015

Deadline to pay: 1 June 2015.

Registration fees, which include accommodation in a University Residence, in a single room with private bathroom, (in 29 June, out 9 July), breakfast, meals and administration is 1000 Euros (+ IVA 22%, 1220 Euros).

Direction and Coordination: Prof. A. Perulli.

International Scientific Committee: A. Goldin, T. Treu, G. Casale, A. Lyon-Caen, F. Valdes Dal-Re, L. Compa, S. Sciarra, M. Weiss, J-M. Servais, A. Brugiavini

Further detailed information and registration forms are available at, or please write an email to

Please note that the ISLSSL offers six scholarships of 1220 Euros each, with a view to covering registration fees and participation in the seminar, aimed at facilitating the participation of lawyers of less than 40 years.

Application for ISLSSL scholarship: February 1 – March 30, 2015.

 For any information, please write an email to

With the contribution of:


Global Economics and Social Affairs Master (GESAM) - Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Master Lavoro

European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)

Camera di Commercio Venezia