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Asian Conference on Globalization and Labor Administration

Cross-Border Labor Mobility, Social Security and Regional Integration

Manila, Philippines
November 19-21, 2014

The Asian Conference on Globalization and Labor Administration: Cross-Border Labor Mobility, Social Security and Regional Integration is collaboratively convened by the Philippine Chapter of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law, the University of the Philippines School of Labor and Industrial Relations, and the International Labor Organization’s ASEAN Triangle Project.

The Conference intends to highlight the best practices in labor policies and laws in dealing with the challenges and risks brought about by increasing globalization and deepening regional integration. This theme is of critical importance to Asia particularly in the light of strengthened economic partnerships within the ASEAN+6 composed of the 10-member countries of the ASEAN region plus China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand. The establishment of the ASEAN Community 2015 indicates a deepening ASEAN regional integration characterized by free flow of goods, capital, services and skilled labor. ASEAN has free trade agreements with China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand and negotiations are underway towards establishing the ASEAN+6 as a free trade area.

Conference Proceedings:


Conference Proceedings

List of Themes:

  1. Session A: International Social Security Law
  2. Session B: ASEAN Comparative Labor Laws and Industrial Relations
  3. Session C: ASEAN Country Reports
  4. Session D: East Asia Country Reports
  5. Session E: Portability of Social Security of Migrant Workers
  6. Session F: Role of Trade Unions in an Integrated ASEAN
  7. Session G: Labor Mobility and Portability of Skills Qualification

Conference Papers:

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Newsflash: Capetown World Congress

Leading international experts such as:

Professor Alain Supiot, Professor Sir Bob Hepple,
Professor Manfred Weiss, Professor Mukul Asher,
Professor Graciela Bensusan, Professor Simon Deakin
and Professor Judy Fudge

will bring new insights to the Congress themes.

Click here to find out more about our keynote speakers

Click here to register for the EARLY BIRD RATE!!

Papers will be presented in breakaway sessions and we urge researchers and practitioners, old(er) and young, to submit abstracts. This will be an event where the highest level of international scholarship and practical experience will be combined. Click here to submit an abstract.

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities available!!
(Click here to download prospectus)

For more information kindly contact:
Project Manager: Liza Monteiro, liza@confco.co.za
Registration Administrator: Erin Ryan, erin@confco.co.za

Papers from the Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law – Venice, Italy

Below, please find the Scholarship Reports from the Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law – Venice, Italy, held 1-10 July, 2014 at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

Agata Ludera-Ruszel, University of Rzeszow, Poland – The report on activities and contents of the Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law ‘Fundamental Social Rights in the Age of Globalization’

Elena Radevich, National Research Tomsk State University, Russia – The report on activities and contents of the Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law ‘Fundamental Social Rights in the Age of Globalization’

Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law – Venice, Italy – Update

“Fundamental Social Rights in the Age of Globalization”

1-10 July, 2014

Opening of registration

Registrations are now open for participation in the Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law to be held for the first time at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy), under the direction of Professor Adalberto Perulli.

The seminar is aimed towards legal scholars, graduate students and experts specialized in international labour law and labour law. A good working knowledge of the English language is essential for participation.

Priority will be given to those applicants whose enrolment arrives first, with the total number of participants reaching 30.

For more information, please download the complete program and conditions of participation.

Application forms must be submitted, with your CV signed, to: dirittodellavoro@unive.it

Join us!

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, now we begin the selection process for the award of six scholarships (1000 euro each) which includes accommodation, breakfast, city-transport (vaporetto), meals (2 plus 2 coffee breaks per day) and organization.

Seminars will be in English, whose knowledge is a condition of participation to the seminar. The working groups will be in English, Spanish, French and Italian. During the seminar, participants will be assisted by four tutors: Vania Brino (Professor of international labour law), Marco Biasi (Ph.D. in labour law), Valentina Cagnin (Ph.D. in labour law) and Giuseppe Paone (Ph.D. in labour law).

Participants will be housed in the University Junghans Residence (www.esuvenezia.it).

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 dirittodellavoro@unive.it.
  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 2014 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 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

XXI World Congress, Cape Town 2015 – Update

www.labourlawcongress2015.co.za

Introduction

The XXI World Congress Local Organising committee is pleased to launch the event logo and website. The committee has been hard at work on the programme and marketing material and sponsorship packages.

LOC members – from right to left: Anton Myburgh SC (Marketing); Prof Marylyn Christianson (Programme); Prof Darcy du Toit (Programme);  Tanya Venter (Finance); Richard Maddern (Operations); Gillian Lumb (Cape Town liaison); Peter le Roux (SASLAW Conference). Below inset: Judge Andre van Niekerk (Chairman)

LOC members – from right to left: Anton Myburgh SC (Marketing); Prof Marylyn Christianson (Programme); Prof Darcy du Toit (Programme); Tanya Venter (Finance); Richard Maddern (Operations); Gillian Lumb (Cape Town liaison); Peter le Roux (SASLAW Conference). Below inset: Judge Andre van Niekerk (Chairman)

Programme

The programme coordinator on the Local Organising Committee is enlisting the assistance of a team of academic colleagues at South African university law faculties to serve as a reference team in developing and refining the scientific programme. In addition, senior colleagues in key centres are being approached to serve as contact persons and coordinate input from colleagues in their regions. The basis for the programme is the draft that was approved by the International Executive Committee in Santiago in 2012, with its four themes being (a) Collective bargaining – and beyond? (b) Equality and industrial citizenship as conceptual foundations for labour law (c) Towards sustainable social security in an insecure world, and (d) Labour law in the developing world (South Africa in comparative perspective). The final theme is intended to encourage maximum participation from South Africa itself.

The following leading experts in labour and social security law (in alphabetical order) have so far expressed their willingness to participate in the Congress:

  • Professor Simon Deakin
    Faculty of Law and Director, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Professor Judy Fudge
    Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK; formerly Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria, Canada
  • Professor Kamala Sankaran
    Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, India
  • Professor Alain Supiot
    Collège de France, Paris; founder and President of the Strategic Committee of the Institute for Advanced Study, Nantes, France

The LOC will liaise with the officers of the IS in further developing the programme and plan to submit a final draft to the IEC in September 2014.

The Venue

Cape Town International Conference Centre

The CTICC is so much more than just another convention centre. Set in the heart of the Cape Town city centre, the CTICC is a place where people from all walks of life are brought together, a tangible demonstration of the power of partnership, and an excellent example of the success that can be achieved when public and private enterprises work together towards shared goals.

As one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world, Cape Town is no ordinary city. So it stands to reason that the CTICC would be no ordinary convention centre. And the fact that, in just nine short years, it has become widely regarded as one of the leading convention centres in the southern hemisphere bears testimony to this fact.

Contact

CONFERENCE COMPANY – natalie@confco.co.za
SASLAW – saslawadmin@mweb.co.za

XXI World Congress, Cape Town – Report by the Local Organising Committee

XXI World Congress of Labour and Social Security Law – Cape Town, 2015

Report by the Local Organising Committee

On 16 September 2013, the SASLAW local organising committee (LOC) signed an agreement with the Conference Company CC, after an evaluation of a number of bids to assume the organisation of the Congress. The Conference Company has extensive experience in organising international conferences (a number on a larger scale than the Congress), and has a close working relationship with the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Cape Town. The agreement defines the relationship between the LOC and the conference organisers, establishes the financial and administrative structures
necessary to ensure a successful conference and sets time lines for the achievement of defined objectives.

Signature of the agreement has cleared the way for the establishment of an entity through which the Congress will be managed, the opening of bank accounts, and the appointment of specialist contractors, e.g. transport, accommodation and tours.

The Conference Company CC has undertaken responsibility for the administration, material and logistical preparation of the event, the management and registration of participants, etc. Sub-committees of the LOC, each chaired by a SASLAW representative, have been established to manage the various components of the Congress and its organisation. The academic and content committee is chaired by Prof Darcy du Toit, the marketing and sponsorship committee by Adv Anton Myburgh SC, the procurement and operations committee by Mr Richard Maddern, the finance committee by Adv Tanya Venter, a Cape Town liaison committee by Ms Gillian Lumb, and a national conference integration committee by Prof Peter le Roux. We have also appointed an administrator, Ms Clare Fincham.

The venue has been secured in terms of a contract between the Conference Company and the ICC, after a final inspection and decision on accommodation requirements by Profs Darcy du Toit and Marylyn Christianson. Immediate tasks are the finalisation of the Congress website and the logo; the website will ‘go live’ by end October 2013.

The programme coordinator on the LOC (Prof du Toit) is enlisting the assistance of a team of academic colleagues at university law faculties to serve as a reference team in developing and refining the scientific programme. In addition, senior colleagues in key centres are being approached to serve as contact persons and coordinate input from colleagues in their regions.

The basis for the programme is the draft that was approved by the International Executive Committee in Santiago in 2012, with its four themes being (a) Collective bargaining – and beyond? (b) Equality and industrial citizenship as conceptual foundations for labour law (c) Towards sustainable social security in an insecure world, and (d) Labour law in the developing world (South Africa in a comparative perspective).

The final theme is intended to encourage maximum participation from South Africa itself.

A draft programme and information regarding the call for papers will be published on the Congress website as soon as it is operational and will be circulated to all affiliated associations of the ISLSSL, together with updates. The LOC will liaise with the officers of the IS in further developing the programme and plan to submit a final draft to
the IEC in September 2014.

Andre van Niekerk
Chair, Local Organising Committee ISLSSL World Congress 2015
29 September 2013

XI European Regional Congress – Dublin, Ireland

17-19 September, 2014


Please visit the Dublin Congress’ website: http://www.dublinlabourlaw2014.com/

The Congress will take place from 17 to 19 September 2014 (tbc). The conference themes are:

  1. Theme 1: Labour Rights and Human Rights;
  2. Theme 2: The legal and extra legal remedies against discrimination;
  3. Theme 3: Social security issues and state support for the wage-work bargain;
  4. Theme 4: Alternative dispute resolution;

Provisional Programme

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

12:15pm Registration commences for Young Scholars (Sutherland School of Law)
12:45pm Young Scholars Meeting (Sutherland School of Law)
1:00pm Registration commences for delegates (at O’Reilly Hall)
2:30pm End of Young Scholars Meeting
3:30pm Opening Ceremony (O’Reilly Hall)
President of University College Dublin (UCD)
Dean of the Sutherland School of Law, UCD
Chair of the Employment Law Association of Ireland (ELAI)
Chair of the European Association of Labour Court Judges
President of the International Association of Labour Law Journals
President of the International Society for Labour & Social Security Law (ISL&SSL)
5:00pm Congress Opening Address
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, T.D.
5:30pm – 6:30pm Welcome Reception (O’Reilly Hall annexe)

Thursday, 18 September 2014

9:00am Theme I: Labour Rights or Human Rights (O’Reilly Hall)
Chair:
Keynote Speaker:
Discussants:
The Honorable Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell
Keith Ewing
Janice Bellace
Bernd Waas
Debate
10:45am Coffee Break
11:15am Theme II: The Legal and Extra Legal Remedies against Discrimination
(O’Reilly Hall)
Chair:
Keynote Speaker:
Discussants:
Kevin Duffy
Sylvaine Laulom
Mark Bell
Silvana Sciarra
Debate
1:00pm Lunch (O’Reilly Hall annexe)
2:00pm Round Table Discussions
1. Whistleblowing (Sutherland School of Law)
Chair:
Panellists:
David Lewis
Bjorn Fasterling
Rik van Steenbergen
Trygstad Sissel
Wim Vandekerckhove
2. Economic Crisis and Labour Law Reforms (O’Reilly Hall)
Chair:
Panellists:
Guiseppe Casale
Alberto Pizzoferrato
Jesús Cruz Villalón
Costas Papadimitriou
Michael Doherty
Joana Vasconcelos
3. Data Protection and Workplace Privacy (Sutherland School of Law)
Chair:
Panellists:
Ken McDonald
Robert Rebhahn
Edit Kajtar
Jose Abrantes
Diego Alonso
Matthew Finkin
3:45pm Coffee Break
4:15pm Theme III: Social Security issues and State Support for the Wage-Work
Bargain (O’Reilly Hall)
Chair:
Keynote Speaker:
Discussants:
Gerry Whyte
Keith Puttick
Christian Welz
Peter Rigney
Debate
6:00pm End of Proceedings
7:30pm – 8:30pm Congress Dinner (Thomas Prior Hall, Bewleys Hotel)

Friday, 19 September 2014

9:30am Theme IV: Alternative Dispute Resolution (O’Reilly Hall)
Chair:
Keynote Speaker:
Discussants:
Bill Roche
Alex Colvin
Stein Evju
Mordehai Mironi
Debate
11:15am Coffee Break
11:45am The Second Edward Phelan Lecture (O’Reilly Hall)
Speaker: TBD
12:30pm General Assembly (O’Reilly Hall)
Secretary General of ISL&SSL
1:00pm Closing Ceremony (O’Reilly Hall)
Chair of ELAI
Chair of the South African SL&SSL
President of ISL&SSL
1:30pm End of Congress

All venues, other than those for the meetings of the Executive Committee and the Congress Dinner, are on the Belfield Campus of University College Dublin.

XXI World Congress – Cape Town, South Africa

15-18 September, 2015

The Congress will take place at the state-of-the-art Cape Town International Convention Centre. It is a sign of this venue’s popularity that, when we made inquiries late last year, only one week remained in September 2015 during which the Congress could be accommodated. Although the LOC realised that many of our members prefer the informality (and relatively low cost) of holding the event on university premises, we also discovered that ILERA (the former IIRA) is also holding its World Congress in Cape Town in September 2015, and had already taken steps to hold it on the campus of the University of Cape Town during the vacation week that month (more about this later). Given that there are few conference venues large enough to host up to 1000 delegates comfortably, the LOC decided to take the plunge and make the reservation at CTICC. The dates are therefore confirmed for the 15 to 18 September 2015.

A unique feature of the event will be the integration of the SASLAW Annual Congress with the World Congress, with a view to attracting the maximum number of South (and Southern) African delegates (this accounts for the large number of delegates we are preparing to accommodate). In essence, it will involve including a number of sessions with topics likely to appeal to local as well as international delegates as one of the Congress themes. A network of South African labour and social security law academics is being built up to assist the LOC as a ‘think tank’ in designing a programme which will address cutting-edge issues and, we believe, will attract lively interest from practitioners as well as researchers internationally.

That brings us back to the ILERA Congress which (as in Sydney in 2009) may well take place back-to-back with the ISLSSL Congress. While some would see this as ’competition’, we prefer to see it as an  opportunity.  Discussion has already begun with our colleagues on the ILERA organising committee with a view to harmonising our programmes in such a way as to encourage the maximum number of delegates attend both events. Also, from a scientific point of view, in-depth analysis by leading scholars of similar or related issues from different disciplinary perspectives could lead to an exciting advance of knowledge.

Preparations are thus in full swing. Negotiations for the appointment of a professional congress organiser are well advanced and the plan is to have a congress website online in the first half of 2013. An intensive campaign to announce and build the event is planned for the next two and a half years, in which affiliated associations of the International Society will be asked to keep their members  informed. The LOC is confident that the Congress has the potential to generate tremendous interest, both at a scientific level and as an experience, while enabling close networking between international delegates and their South African counterparts who have gone through some of the most exciting and challenging phases of transition in the labour field in modern times. Last but not least, Cape Town as host city will ensure a stimulating and beautiful environment. Voted the world’s number one tourist destination by Tripadvisor in

2011 and the world’s second-best city by Condé Nast Traveller in 2012 (the best was Charleston, USA in case you’re wondering). Cape Town is located next to one of the world’s seven natural wonders (Table Mountain) and two UNESCO world heritage sites (Robben Island and the Cape Floral Region), we are sure its many attractions will encourage maximum attendance. Building on the traditions of many excellent world congresses held in beautiful and historic cities in past years, we believe that the XXI World Congress will be an experience that will long be remembered.