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5th JILPT Tokyo Comparative Labour Policy Seminar 2022 (Online)

The Impact of COVID-19 on Labor Market and Policy Responses: Strengthening Social Protection for Vulnerable Workers


MARCH 9, 2022

As labor problems become more universal with the advance of globalization in recent years, there is a growing need for international comparative research in the formulation of labor policy. It was with this in mind that the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT) held “the 5th JILPT Tokyo Comparative Labor Policy Seminar” online on March 9, 2022. The aim of the Seminar was to provide an opportunity for researchers from major countries and regions, particularly the Asia Pacific, and conduct a comparative examination of their challenges.

The 5th Tokyo seminar discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on labor markets in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as employment policy responses that focused on job retention schemes.

The Seminar started with two keynote lectures delivered by Prof. María Emilia Casas Baamonde, President of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL), and Dr. Stéphane Carcillo, Head of Jobs and Income Division, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD. In the following two sessions chaired by Prof. Yanfei Zhou, Japan Women’s University, and Prof. Chikako KANKI, the University of Tokyo, ten researchers from Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, China, Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Taiwan made presentations on the impact of COVID-19 on the labor market, policy responses by the government, and future direction of labor policy in respective countries. Prof. Takashi Araki, the University of Tokyo, moderated the concluding session.

Through the seminar discussions, it was noted that Covid-19 revealed two types of vulnerable workers. First, workers who have lost their employment and working hours and thereby their income. This was particularly true of non-regular, informal, women, youth and foreign workers, who are often not covered by the protection measures offered by the government. The second type of vulnerable workers is those who are forced to provide labor in person and work long hours even under the COVID-19 pandemic, such as essential workers. They were exposed to the risk of contracting COVID-19 and of overworking and stress. The current pandemic has also revealed new social divisions, such as K-shaped recovery and the division between white-collar workers who can work remotely and essential workers who cannot. These new challenges cannot be addressed by labor policy alone. As suggested by many country reports, we need a comprehensive and coordinated policy approach, including industrial, tax, and social security policy.

The Covid-19 pandemic posed common policy challenges to most countries represented. However, the policy responses to the challenges are still developing and seeking the most appropriate approach considering the labor market situation, employment practices, and industrial relations in the respective countries.

With the insightful keynote lectures by ISLSSL President Baamonde and Dr. Carcillo of the OECD, excellent presentations from 10 Asian countries, and outstanding comments by two chairpersons, the 5th Tokyo Comparative Labor Policy Seminar successfully provided rich comparative insights and policy suggestions for the future to strengthen social protection for the vulnerable in turbulent times.


5th JILPT Tokyo Comparative Labour Policy Seminar 2022 – Program

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8th Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law 2022





As announced in the ISLSSL Bulletin the 8th International Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law will take place in Venice, at Cà Foscari University on 23-26 May 2022.

The 2022 edition of the Seminar will be dedicated to the issue of “Labour Law and Climate Change: towards a Just Transition”.

All Seminar’s participants are invited to take an active part in the discussion from an interdisciplinary perspective.

In particular, on 26st May a session will be dedicated to the presentation and discussion of the papers presented by the Young Legal Scholars of the ISLSSL.

This call for paper is open also to all Young Scholars who would like to take part in the International Seminar.

Of course, the interested scholars can also submit additional perspectives of analysis, but always linked to the general theme of the Seminar.

Researchers and Young Scholars from countries around the world are invited to submit original papers with new and innovative results on scientific, technical and practical experience.

As is customary for the ISLSSL, papers should be quantitative and rigorous.
A (non-exclusive) list of potential conference topics is:

In recent years, climate change has urgently called for new social-economic paradigms in order to address the unsustainability of existing models.

Moreover, what has been neglected so far is the need to adopt models that envisage interdisciplinary and organic approaches at the international, euro-unitary and national level in order to plan both an ecological and social transition. As a matter of fact, the labour law, ecological and environmental issues have long been managed with a lack of communicative approach.

The idea of ​​harmonizing policies aimed at implementing the ecological transition and measures to support employment transitions has only been addressed in recent years and mostly as a principle.

Sustainable development and climate justice have been developed to address emerging social issues as part of a broader response to the ecological crisis. However, the difficulty in addressing these issues in an interdisciplinary perspective between labour law and environmental sciences has had the controversial result of developing sometimes very different notions of “Just Transition”.

However, the close link between green transition and social-economic transition is undeniable: promoting actions to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and encouraging climate-neutral activities means to reform the scope of the company in a sustainable way. But it also means to identify adequate tools to protect especially vulnerable workers within the transition period, providing them with the necessary tools to retrain their skills so as to adapt them to the new needs of green economy.

Therefore, the main goal is to rethink the traditional role of labour law, paving the way for a reflection on new integrated strategies, new industrial relations and the new challenges related to transition.

The objective of this Call for papers is to encourage the debate on the effects, in the context of labour law, of Just transition, by requesting papers that fit within the framework of such reflections, developing the general guidelines and implications with particular reference to the following aspects:

  • the state of the art and the evolutionary analysis of the relationship between labour law and environment as a function of the ecological transition;
  • the state of the art and the analysis of the relationship between climate change and climate migration;
  • the role of social policies and labour law in addressing the eco-social crisis and the possible emerging models of Just Transition (e.g. Green Jobs, forms of income support; reduction of working hours, investments and active labour policies);
  • the state of the art and the risks for employment and the transformations of the labour market generated by the ecological-technological transition programs;
  • the role of industrial relations: the interaction between Trade Unions, the working class and climate change; collective bargaining concerning the objectives of environmental sustainability and worker protection in the specific perspective of the Just Transition;
  • the climate-welfare nexus: how the different approaches to the concept of Just Transition can be aligned with the new ideas of sustainable welfare;
  • multilevel governance: how sources could interact with each other given the global reach of climate issues;
  • Green Jobs and ecological transition with specific studies on the relationship between job supply and demand; the critical issues of skills mismatching with respect to new emerging professionals; the conversion of skills and new training;

Selected papers will be presented and discussed in thematic sessions, circulated during the meeting, and also posted on the meeting website.

The publication of a book containing the selected papers, published by Kluwer, is also planned.



Full papers or long abstracts (minimum 1000 words) in pdf format should be submitted online no later than May 4th, 2022.
Please note that paper selection has become increasingly competitive in recent years. Submissions that fully describe a complete analysis are generally more likely to be accepted than long abstracts. In particular, when submitting a long abstract, please ensure that the study and results are sufficiently described to allow comparison with full paper submissions. Each person can present only one selected paper, although multiple submissions and co-authorship are allowed.
The papers and the abstract have to be sent to the following addresses:, and .

The abstract’s paper will be examined by the Seminar’s organizers and if accepted the full paper (no more than 30.000 characters, including spaces, footnotes and appendix) has to be presented at the Session of May 26st 2022.

Participation to the seminar:
The Young Scholars have the option to choose to attend the whole Seminar or only the session of May 26st.


If the Young Scholars want to attend the whole Seminar, they could ask to their National Association to submit their candidature for the award of a scholarship: ISLSSL offers six scholarships (1,220 euros each) which includes accommodation (in May 22th, out May 27th), in a university residence, in a single room with private bathroom, breakfast, meals and administration expenses.

Please notice that all Scholarship winners must write a paper for the Young Scholars’ Session of the Seminar.


Young Scholars could attend only the Session of Friday, 26st of May where the paper should be presented. In this case the Seminar organizers will provide for the Young Scholars who will participate only in the session of 26 May, accommodation in Colleges or residences which are connected to the Ca’ Foscari University for the nights of 25 and 26 May.

For any further information please contact Prof. Stefano Bellomo (, Prof. Adalberto Perulli ( or write an email to


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7th Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law 2021


21-22-23 June 2021

Due to the pandemic persistence, the 7th International Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law will be held on line, on zoom.

For this reason, the Scientific Committee has decided to reduce the length of the Seminar and choose a specific timetable to better welcome professors, researchers, young scholars, PhD students, Master students and Research Fellows, from all over the world, considering the different time zone.

The 3 days seminar will thus be focused on the labour recent development, on the overcoming of the traditional and historic dichotomy “self-employment” – “subordination”, giving protections and social rights to all categories of workers. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted even more the need to extend protections to self-employed workers, in particular to protect income and to guarantee a more universal social security; digitization is giving rise to forms of work that are difficult to qualify, with diversified orientations of jurisprudence; the legal systems move in no particular order, sometimes providing for ad hoc legislation for particular categories of workers (as in the case of platform workers); international Labour Law seems to push more and more towards a universalistic protection logic, which is independent of the different types of employment contracts; the doctrine of Labour Law is however divided between those who believe they remain firm in the distinction between subordinate work and self-employment, and those who, with different techniques, tend to overcome the binary logic, towards a more articulated and modular system of protection, centred on the person of the worker or on his socio-economic condition, and not only on his subordination status as the only criterion for attributing the protections of Labour Law.

The seminar wants to raise reflections, ideas, knowledge and perspectives on how labour law could manage this challenge, employing the various methodological categories that have been proposed by scholars, such as the dosage between universality and selectivity, personal work relationships, economically dependent work, etc. We are thus asking to all the participants their support to go in depth in this issue and thus doing concrete proposals on the future of Labour Law.

4th JILPT Tokyo Comparative Labour Policy Seminar 2020

Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT)



The 4th International JILPT Labour Policy Seminar will take place in Tokyo on 09 November 2020. The seminar’s theme is “The Changing World of Work in Digital Age – New Forms of Work and the Role of Labor Policy”.

Programme and general information
The 4th International JILPT Labour Policy Seminar 2020

XI International Seminar on Comparative Labour Law “Isla de Margarita” 2020

Procedural labour law. A fundamental way of ensuring the rights of social actors.

Online Seminar

2 November – 5 december 2020

A new edition of the International Seminar on Comparative Labour Law usually held at Isla Margarita (Venezuela) will be conducted online on 2 November – 5 December 2020. 
For more information, please refer to the program below (available only in Spanish).

SASLAW Young Scholar Society Conference

The SASLAW Young Scholar Society Conference will take place on the 1 October 2020 from 14h00 to 16h30.  This event is targeted at Candidate Attorneys, young HR practitioners, advocate pupils, and Students.

Attendance is Free.

The exciting programme is as follows:

14h00 – 14h15 Samantha Walker,

Snyman Attorneys

Introduction to SASLAW & ISLSSL
14h15 – 14h45 Liesel Olivier,  Webber Wentzel Attorneys CV, Interview Skills and community involvement
14h45-  15h15 Owethu Mbambo, Fasken and Prinoleen Naidoo, Cheadle Thompson Haysom ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE INNOVATION AND THE LAW FIRM
15h15 – 15h30 Break
15h30 – 16h00 Lwandile Mkosana – Global Business Solutions Employment Equity and Transformation in the workplace.
16h00 – 16h30 Devon Jenkins, ENSafrica &  Nadine Mather, Bowmans Case Law Update.

Attendees will receive a complimentary membership of the Society until March 2021 if are non-members at present.

If you wish to attend, please register below.

You will be sent a link to join the Microsoft Teams meeting. If you do not have MS Teams, please note that you will still be able to join the event via the web and do not need the application installed.  For more info, check this short how to video

Please note registration for the event will close 3 hours before the event starts.  Should you still wish to attend, please send an email to so that we may assist you.

We look forward to your support.

Any queries, please contact  | 073 613 3670

1st World Congress of the Young Scholars Section (postponed until further notice)

Postponed until further notice

Faculty of Law, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

21-22 MAY, 2020

The 1st World Congress of the Young Scholars Section will take place at the Univerisad Nacional Autonóma de México, Faculty of Law in Mexico City on 21-22 May, 2020. The World Congress theme is “The future of work: Challenges of labour law facing globalisation and digital transformation”.

Call for Papers
1st World Congress of the Young Scholars Section – Call for Papers

1st World Congress of the Young Scholars Section – Programme

6th International Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law

The Future of Work
Labour Law and Labour Market Regulation in the Digital Era



CA’ FOSCARI UNIVERSITY OF VENICE, 27 MAY – 31 MAY 2019 (POSTPONED until further notice)

The 6th International Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law will take place in Venice on 27-31 May 2019. The Seminar will deal with the theme “The Future of Work: Labour Law and Labour Market Regulation in the Digital Era”. The seminar programme can be downloaded below. As for the previous five editions, the participation of young legal scholars under the age of 40 is encouraged. The ISLSSL with the assistance of the Seminar’s Scientific Committee will grant six fellowships of 1,000 Euro each.

3rd JILPT Tokyo Comparative Labour Policy Seminar 2019

“The Future of Women and Work―Policy Responses to Women’s Employment”


Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT)
4 – 5 MARCH 2019

The 3rd International JILPT Labour Policy Seminar took
place in Tokyo on 4-5 March 2019. The seminar’s theme was “The Future of Women and
Work―Policy Responses to Women’s Employment”.