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Yearbook of Comparative Labour Law Scholarship 2014

The International Association of Labour Law Journals (IALLJ) is delighted to announce the publication of the Yearbook of Comparative Labour Law Scholarship 2014.

A collaborative project of the IALLJ and the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL), the Yearbook will bring to a wider audience some of the best in recent labour and employment law scholarship from around the world. This edition of the Yearbook — offered in both softcover and e-book formats — is the inaugural volume in an anticipated series.

For more information, or to purchase the Yearbook, please visit the Lancaster House online bookstore. To download a two-page brochure, click here.

In memoriam: Pierre Verge

On 7 February, at the age of 79, our colleague Pierre Verge passed away. He had dedicated his whole career to teaching and research at the Faculty of Law at Laval University.

Professor Verge studied law at the University of Toronto and Laval University. He received his doctorate from the latter. In addition, he held a Master’s Degree in Economics from McGill University and another in arts from the University of Cambridge. He started his career as a professor in the Faculty of Law at Laval University in 1967. He became a full professor in 1972. He was Dean of the Faculty of Law, president of the Canadian Association of Law Professors and a visiting professor at several universities in Canada and Europe.

In 1998, he was appointed member of the independent evaluation committee on the operation and efficiency of the North American Agreement on Labour Cooperation (NAALC). Queen’s Counsel, member of the Quebec bar association since 1961, Pierre Verge was a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

A long-term representative of Canada on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law, he played a major role in it, organising a regional conference for the Americas in Montreal in May 1995. The list of issues covered (right to privacy in the field of labour law; the future of collective bargaining and new forms of employment; healthcare: private and/or public scheme?; regional economic integration from the perspective of labour law) shows the strong awareness Pierre Verge had of problems that were starting to arise in the labour field. With colleagues, he founded the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la mondialisation du travail (CRIMT – Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work).

Our colleague published a lot, especially on collective labour relations and trade union institutions as well as the transformation and international aspects of labour. His last work, Configuration diversifiée de l’entreprise et droit du travail, written with Sophie Dufour, was published in 2003 and remains topical. Pierre Verge trained high-quality students who are following in his footsteps today. They took the initiative of producing a book Autonomie collective et droit du travail Mélanges en l’honneur du Professeur Pierre Verge (Québec, Presses de l’Université Laval, 2014), edited by Dominic Roux. He had just received it.

Pierre was a brilliant professor and researcher always on the lookout for new issues. He was a man of conviction, a good and kind man. Along with his wife, children and grandchildren, and academic communities in Quebec and Canada, there are many who will miss him.

Jean-Michel Servais

Labour Law & Social Rights in Europe: The Jurisprudence of the International Courts


Meeting of the
European Young Scholars’ Embryo
Labour Law & Social Rights in Europe:
The Jurisprudence of the International Courts
Santiago de Compostela, Faculty of Law

4-5 June 2015

Promoted by:
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
AEDTSS – Asociación Española de Derecho del Trabajo y de la Seguridad Social
Under the auspices of
ISLSSL – International Society for Labour and Social Security Law

Organization Committee

Stefano Bellomo, ISLSSL, Università degli Studi di Perugia; Jesús Cruz Villalón, AEDTSS, Universidad de Sevilla; Yolanda Maneiro Vázquez and José María Miranda Boto, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela.

The Philosophy

This meeting of the European YS Embryo is the continuation of the session held in Dublin in September 2014. There, all the Young Scholars who attended it confirmed their gladness and satisfaction and their will to being involved in the future activities related to the European embryo and of the future ISLSSL Young Scholars’ Section. The same availability and willingness have been expressed by many scholars who attended and appreciated the contents of the meeting.

Implementing these intentions, the meeting in Santiago de Compostela will have two aims.

First of all, a scientific objective, the exam of the jurisprudence of supra-national courts, a meeting point for all the countries of the European area (Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom). Thus, a common field for debate is easily found, as the same decisions from these Courts can have very different impacts on each country. The mechanics of the meeting are based on debate, following the successful model already implemented twice by the Spanish Young Scholars’ Section. Short dual presentation of 10 selected rulings will be followed by open, wide debate, free of the formalities of a Major Congress, and with a good deal of time to talk without restriction.

The second aim is an organizational aim. The World Congress in Cape Town, September 2015, will be the birthplace of the ISLSSL Young Scholars’ Section, joining young scholars from the entire World. The meeting in Santiago will be the occasion for brainstorming and sharing ideas for a possible European Regional subsection and further collaborations in the future.

Attendance Rules

Participation will be possible in this Meeting under two roles: discussant and attendant. The discussants, in couples, will expose the judgments to open the debate. Each National Association affiliated to the International Society of Labour and Social Security Law will propose one or two discussants, up to 20 participants; the nomination will be communicated to both and before the 10th March 2015. If this number is not reached, an open call for discussants will be made, and a number of grants will be distributed, according to a merit-based selection process managed by the ISLSSL, to fill the number of 20 discussants, coming from the indicated countries from the European area. In any case, no more than one discussant per country will be selected according to this second procedure. The choice of the rulings will be made though the YS website ( under the supervision of the ISLSSL, during the month of March.

As attendants, each National Association can appoint a wider number of representatives according to its own rules – no grant will be given to them by the ISLSSL. Furthermore, the attendance to the academic session and to the debate is open to each Young Scholar who is interested in studying the issues that will be examined and debated in the Seminar. Attendants are invited to engage in the debate following the exposition by the discussants. Of course, attendants from extra-European countries are welcomed to participate in the meeting.

Anyway, the organizers wish that the Seminar could represent an occasion for the National associations to establish and promote the activity of the respective national Young Scholars’ Sections.

The working language will be English and the dress code is casual.

Registration fees

120 Euros. The fees include academic materials, accommodation for two nights, one lunch, two dinners and social events.

The ISLSSL will give a grant of 50 Euros to each of the discussants, up to two per country, with a top expenditure of 1000 Euros.


Please, make a bank transfer to:

Banco Santander Central Hispano (BSCH)
IBAN code: ES40 0049 2584 90 2214002210
(Bank Code: 0049, Counter Code: 2584, Account Number: 2214002210, Key: 90)
Bank Account Holder: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela-Congresos.
Address of the bank: Rúa Calderería 56/58, 15703, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Address of the bank account holder: Casa da Balconada, 15782, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

In order to guarantee the university accommodation, the total amount of the registration and accommodation fees has to be paid before April 30, 2015. Please mention YSM-USC and the full name of the participant in the bank order. Payments must be made in Euros. Possible transfer fees are on the participant’s charge.


José María Miranda Boto
Facultad de Derecho, s/n
15782 Santiago de Compostela
(34) 881814719


Thursday, 4th June

16:00 Welcome speech
16:10 Presentations and debate

Each couple of discussants from two different countries will study one recent ruling of an international Court, as e.g. the ECJ or ECHR (10 chosen beforehand in collaboration with the organization), talk about it for 15 minutes and a general discussion will follow.

19:30 End of sessions
20:00 Social activities and dinner

Friday, 5th June

10:00 Presentations and debate
14:00 End of sessions – Lunch
16:00 Presentations and debate
18:00 Assembly of the European YS Embryo
19:30 End of sessions
20:00 Social activities
21:30 Pulpada (typical Galician dinner with octopus)

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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

1st International and comparative seminar of labour law, labour relations and social security – Isla Margarita, Venezuela

April 21-29, 2013


You can find the final agenda of the Seminar of Isla Margarita in the Spanish version.


The Postgraduate Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law of Isla Margarita has been on-going since 2011 under the organization of the Fundación Universitas and under the auspices of the Venezuelan chapter of the ISLSSL, which has awarded scholarships with a view to promoting the participation of young lawyers.

From the forthcoming edition, and as announced during the last meetings of our Executive Committee and the General Assembly (Santiago, Chile), we would like to deepen our relationship with the aforementioned seminar.   This renewed relationship will be based on the creation of an International Advisory Committee, composed of representatives designated by each of the Latin American national associations of our society. Its role will be to act as a consultative body at the time of organising each seminar and when deciding on the granting of ISLSSL fellowships.

As far as the design of each seminar is concerned, the organizers should consult the  Committee before the elaboration of the program – topics, speakers, activities, etc. – or to submit the draft programme to the Committee, for evaluation and suggestions as well as the request for fellowships.

The invitation to be part of the International Advisory Committee for this Seminar has received a large response from our Latin American societies and its composition is the following:

  • Carlos Ayala Montero (Academia Panameña de DT)
  • Juan Manuel Charría Segura (Colegio de Abogados del Trabajo de Colombia)
  • Flor Espinoza Huacón (Sociedad Ecuatoriana de DTySS)
  • Cesar Landelino Franco López (Asociación Guatemalteca de DTySS)
  • Mario López Larrave (Asociación Guatemalteca de DTySS)
  • Graciela González (Asociación Argentina de DTySS)
  • Patricia Kurczyn Villalobos (Asociación Mexicana de DTySS )
  • Héctor A. Jaime Martínez (Asociación Venezolana de Profesores de DT)
  • Rafael Pereira Lagos (Sociedad Chilena de DTySS)
  • Luiz Carlos Amorim Robortella (Instituto Cesarino Junior)
  • Jorge Rosenbaum Rímolo (Asociación Uruguaya de DTySS)

Having agreed on this occasion to assign fellowships of U.S. $1,000 each, we will proceed to the establishment of a fellowships subcommittee with a maximum of five persons to be selected from Committee members (as far as possible) and among those national societies which have not submitted candidates for fellowships, with a view to ensuring maximum transparency and integrity for the selection of candidates.

The submission of applications for scholarships should be carried out by the respective national association, accompanied by a curriculum vitae of the applicant and certifying compliance with the ISLSSL rules for the granting of fellowships.

The application process is now open and the deadline is January 31, 2013. Information on the seminar is available at