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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=316Bb8cgHMw

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 clare@saslaw.org.za so that we may assist you.

We look forward to your support.

Any queries, please contact   clare@saslaw.org.za  | 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

The Society and the Young Lawyers Section

Article 1, par. 2 of the Statutes of the Society says:

“The activities of the Society include the promotion of the study of labour and social security law amongst young academics and lawyers, and support for international comparative schools, seminars and other meetings in those fields.”


Pursuant to this statutory mandate, our purpose is to encourage the participation of young lawyers in ISLSSL activities. We would like to encourage their attendance at conferences, through reduced attendance fees. We would also like to create a section on our website where they can share their research. We encourage the creation of awards for younger scholars (granted by the organizing committees and the ISLSSL), as well as the formation of teams of young lawyers to assist the General Rapporteurs in preparing their reports. There should also be seminars organized for young lawyers as part of their training and agreements negotiated with prestigious universities that offer more extensive programs on labour law and social security (for example, the ISLSSL should facilitate academic exchanges among its members for candidates nominated by national associations that meet the requirements established in each case). In this regard, we invite our members to provide ideas and proposals for achieving these objectives.

In particular, we would like to pursue the idea of the Report of the Working Group, to encourage the creation of a Section of young academics and lawyers in our Society. The creation of such a Section is extremely important though not simple. To make  this  possible,  we  thought  it  appropriate  to  encourage  the  establishment  of regional “branches” that would facilitate the initial organization and that would enable their merger into a single international section. The first branch are being established in Latin America and Europe.

The Latin American branch

We have asked a number of young Latin American researchers to take the initiative of setting up a branch of young scholars/lawyers using their own list of contacts. In each of our Latin American countries young researchers have already expressed interest in participating[1]  with a view to organising at the regional level. Those who would like to join the branch are requested to contact Juan Pablo Mugnolo (jmugnolo@yahoo.com.ar), who is coordinating this initiative.

The members of the Latin American branch have expressed interest in holding their first meeting during the Regional Congress of Labour Law and Social Security to be held from 2 to 4 October 2013 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. On that occasion, they aim to produce research papers and discuss the degree of changes to the “employment relationship” over the last decade, characteristic of most economies of the region. This research will try to identify some trends (expansionary, contractionary) in the field of labour and social rights, and if possible, establish a link between these trends and future economic growth.

The European branch

The European dimension of labour law, as it is known, is characterized by strong integration among national legal cultures, supported significantly by the action of the European Union. Moreover, there are parallels in the development of various national laws despite sometimes significant legal differences.

A comparison of the realities of emerging EU countries is increasingly important and dynamic as is the need to meet the new requirements induced by the demands of competitiveness and sustainability due to the economic crisis that has characterized a number of European economies in recent years. These transforming factors suggest the need for continued reflection on the past, present and future of labour law in Europe.

Scholars of all generations are needed for this phase of reorganization of our scientific discipline to develop initiatives that can best consider cross-cutting issues within Europe, such as the theoretical foundations of labour law, the role and powers of trade unions and collective bargaining, the form and degree of legislative protection afforded to workers, the very notion of “worker” as the mode for qualifying for protections provided by labour law, social security and welfare systems.

There are many instruments at our disposal to assist in these reflections: news of new legislation, publications, conferences and seminars, promoting the call for papers and collections of studies, organizations of congresses or congresses sections.

This initial phase, undertaken by a first group of scholars, will see the creation of an online forum open to all young European labour lawyers with the aim of defining the most effective initiatives for starting a program of common research and deeper reflection.

University students who are engaged in research fields of comparative labour law and who are interested in joining this European branch of young ISLSSL lawyers, at this early stage of discussion (which will continue until the end of next March) may contact Prof. Stefano Bellomo (stefanobellomo@mmba.it), who is gathering a list of initial participants (young scholars from Italy, France, Spain, UK, Poland, Russia, have expressed interest and others have been contacted)[2] and is organising the first phase of this collective reflection on the development of new tools for comparison and discussion.

In Conclusion

All this is being conceived by young lawyers in an independent manner and they, for the moment, are responsible for the regional integration of these “branches.” The Regional levels should eventually merge into an international one that will seek to achieve the full realization of this initiative. Its sustainability will depend on the enthusiasm and dedication of the young lawyers of each Section.

We  invite  our  colleagues  from  other  regions  of  the  world  to  establish branches” for subsequent merger into a single entity.

As expected, the “internationalization” of the academic activity of young lawyers will contribute to the enrichment and improve the quality of our Congresses while encouraging membership in the respective national societies.


[1] Roberto Inglés (Asunción) roberingles@gmail.com;
Daniel Ulloa Millares (Lima) daniel.ulloa137@gmail.com;
Alejandro Castello (Montevideo) acastello@estudiocastello.com;
Mario Garmendia Arigón (Montevideo) gameric@gmail.com;
Sergio Gamonal Contreras (Santiago de Chile) sergio.gamonal@uai.cl;
Jose Luis Ugarte (Santiago de Chile) jose.ugarte@udlp.cl;
Diego Ledesma Iturbide (Buenos Aires) ledesitu@hotmail.com;
Gustavo Filipe Barbosa Garcia (Sao Paulo) gustavofbg@yahoo.com.br;
Gabriel Tosto (Córdoba, Argentina);
Beatriz Calvimonte (Córdoba, Argentina);
Estêvão Mallet (Sao Paulo) estevao@mallet.adv.br;
Eduardo Henrique von Adamovich (Rio de Janeiro) eduardoadamovich@terra.com.br;
Fabio Tulio Barroso (Pernambuco)  fabiobarroso@yahoo.com;
Manoel Carlos Toledo Filhio (Sao Paulo) neco@mpcnet.com.br;
Vitor Salino de Moura Eça (Minas Gerais) vitorsalino@gmail.com;
Lucila Franzosi (Buenos Aires) lucila.franzosi@gmail.com;
Juan Pablo Mugnolo (Buenos Aires) jmugnolo@yahoo.com.ar.
[2] The first group of young lawyers that has confirmed to be part of the European branch is composed of:

Stefano Bellomo, Università di Perugia;
Massimiliano Delfino, Università di Napoli;
Matteo Corti, Università Cattolica di Milano;
William Chiaromonte, Università di Firenze;
Nicola Countouris, University College London;
Josè Maria Miranda Boto, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela;
Jose Antonio Fernandez Avilez, Universidad de Granada;
Anna Musiala, Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań;
Daria Chernayeva, National Reasearch University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow.


Other members will join soon.

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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”.

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 will take
place in Tokyo on 4-5 March 2019. The seminar’s theme is “The Future of Women and
Work―Policy Responses to Women’s Employment”.

Programme and general information Programme and general information 3rd JILPT Tokyo Comparative Labour Policy Seminar 2019


The 3rd International JILPT Labour Policy Seminar