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ISLSSL WORLD CONGRESS TORINO 2018: 04-07 September 2018

Transformations of Work: Challenges for the National Systems of Labour Law and Social Security

It is our pleasure to invite you to the XXII World Congress of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL) on “Transformations of Work: Challenges for the National Systems of Labour Law and Social Security” which will be held from 4 to 7 September 2018 in Turin, Italy.

The World Congress will certainly be a great occasion for an international debate on the latest trends and issues in the changing world of work.

The following main themes will be presented at the World Congress and are the result of the seven international research groups created for this event.

Please refer also to the Call for Papers.

In line with the main themes of the Congress, several key topics will be presented and discussed during the parallel sessions, among others: Future of Work; Labour law and digits in the second machine age; Collective Labour Law; the Role of Social Dialogue and Labour Law reforms; the Enforcement of Labour Legislation.

Registration to the Congress

Registration is now open at XXII ISLSSL World Congress website.
Special fees for early bird registration will be offered until mid-February 2018!

We are looking forward to meeting you in Turin on 4-7 September 2018.

Kind regards,

XXII ISLSSL World Congress Torino 2018
The Organising Committee

“Transformations of Work: Challenges for the National Systems of Labour Law and Social Security”

Turin, Italy

ISLSSL World Congress XXII

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

ISLSSL-logo Panama City
 26‑30 September 2016

PDF icon Call for registrations

PDF icon Agenda
(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

World labour law Congress 2015 banner

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
PDF icon Final Program

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