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Event dates: 12.05.17 13:30 to 13.05.17 13:30 | Location: Florence

Social dumping and recent challenges for labour law in Europe - regaining the initiative

Invitation - European Labour Law Conference - 12 and 13 May 2017, Florence

Auditorium di Sant’Apollonia, Via S. Gallo, 25, 50129 Firenze

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(languages Italian, English, German with simultaneous translation)


Programme (in English) PDF-download

Programme (in Italian) - PDF-download

Friday, 12 May 2017

13h30 until 14h00: Registration and welcome coffee/tea


14h00 – 18h30

  • Welcome speeches
    • Professor Dr. Antonio Loffredo - University of Siena
    • Fausto Durante - Head of International policies CGIL
    • Leila Lahssaini -  ELW-Network


    • The right to strike and atypical worker / new forms of work (Prof. Dr. A.T.J.M. Antoine Jacobs, Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands)
    • Criminalisation of trade unionists (Professor Dr. Antonio Baylos Grau, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real)
    • The case of Uber (Valerio de Stefano, International Labour Office; Bocconi University, Milano)


    coffee/tea break



    • Social dumping and posting of workers (Professor Dr. Giovanni Orlandini University of Siena)


    • Social dumping and abusive practices in the transport sector: the crucial role of letterbox companies (Professor Dr. Mijke S. Houwerzijl, Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands)

    Saturday, 13 May, 09h00 – 13h00

    08:45 Welcome coffee/tea


    • Public procurement and social clauses – an overview within the EU-genesis (Dr. Jan M. B. Cremers, Senior Researcher at Tilburg University and AIAS, Amsterdam)
    • Public procurement and health and safety regulations as social clauses – the Munich airport example (Dr. Rüdiger Helm, lawyer, Munich/Capetown)
    • Jurisdiction of the ECJ and the ECtHR supporting shelter by labour law, directives and human rights – an overview ( Rudolf Buschman, Center for legal appeals and European law of the DGB (German Trade Union Confederation), Kassel, Germany)

    Short break

    Panel – Conclusions for trade unions and labour lawyers – regaining the initiative:

    • Chair: Professor Antonio Loffredo, University of Siena
    • Professor Dr. Wolfgang Däubler, Bremen, Reconstruction instead of deregulation in Greece ! – the recommendations  of the Expert Group  for the review of Greek labour market institutions
    • John Hendy QC, barrister, Chairman of the Institute of Employment –Right (IER), London, A Manifesto for Labour Law: towards a comprehensive revision of workers’ rights
    • Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary of ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation),  Brussels/Dublin, The so called “social pillar” of the EU Commission
    • Prof. Dr. Andrea Lassandari (University of Bologna), La Carta dei diritti universali del lavoro



    • Susanna Camusso, Secretary General of CGIL


    Organizers of the conference:

    • European Lawyers for Workers - ELW-Network
    • European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights - ELDH
    • Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro CGIL


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    Registration fee

    Registration fee:

    • Northern Europe: 80 € (ELW members 60 €)
    • Southern Europe: 60 € (ELW members 45 €)
    • CGIL members: free
    • Students: free

    Please transfer your registration fee to the ELW-Network bank-account in advance and present the transfer document at the reception desk

    • name of the bank: ING
    • Beneficiary: ELW
    • Address of the bank: Chaussée de Haecht 55, BE – 1210 – Brussels, Belgium
    • IBAN BE14 3631 2954 7883




      Phone: 0049-211-444001 (ELDH office)