The Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich is now accepting applications for:

Doctoral Students in order to set up a research group in the field of Comparative Social Law with focus on the "Adjudication of Social Rights."

Candidates must be law graduates who have demonstrated academic excellence. The law degree of each candidate must comply with the doctoral admission requirements of the Law Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU). Basic command of the German language is therefore required. Candidates should also express an explicit interest in social law. To conduct research in the area of comparative law, each candidate should possess a good command of the language(s) spoken in the country or countries upon which his or her research will focus.

We offer attractive working conditions in a modern, well-equipped institute with a global network. Our institute hosts the world’s largest social law library and is located in the immediate vicinity of LMU and the Bavarian State Library. Successful candidates will receive a scholarship or a contract to finance their doctoral research projects.

The positions are to be filled at the earliest possible date and for the duration of two years with the possibility of extending.

The Max Planck Society would like to increase the percentage of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore explicitly invited to apply. Preference will also be given to severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications.

For further information please contact Mrs. Britta Drentwett or Mrs. Verena Lackinger (+49-89-38602-511 or:

Please submit your application (including curriculum vitae, copies of your qualifications, and references), quoting reference # 01-15, to and a copy to:

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2015.



LERA 2016 Meeting, in conjunction with ASSA/AEA
Jan. 3-5, 2016, San Francisco, CA


"Whither Shared Prosperity: Research on Labor Market Institutions"

Sanford Jacoby and Elaine McCrate, LERA Program Co-Chairs

Deadline: March 9, 2015

The LERA Program Committee has issued a call for symposia proposals (and papers) for stimulating, creative, and controversial symposia related to this theme as well as other proposals that deal with topics of current interest and the mission of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA).

We encourage submissions from the perspectives of multiple disciplines – including but not limited to economics, sociology, political science, labor and employment law, industrial relations, and human resource studies – and the perspectives of multiple stakeholders, including investors, managers, workers and unions. Session proposals for only academic symposia will be considered. We especially encourage submissions from researchers whose academic appointment or research interests are best served by attendance at the ASSA.

To submit an online proposal and to get complete information, visit the LERA website at:

Those wishing to submit single papers rather than sessions are welcome to submit those as well, and details can be found online at the page listed above.

Younger academics and researchers engaged in applied research are also specially encouraged to submit.

Proposals must be submitted or reach the LERA Office no later than March 9, 2015. Contact if you have any questions.

Program Committee:
Sanford Jacoby, Co-Chair, University of California, Los Angeles; Elaine McCrate, Co-Chair, University of Vermont; Katharine Abraham, University of Maryland; Randy Albelda, University of Massachusetts Boston; Sylvia Allegretto, University of California, Berkeley; Dale Belman, Michigan State University; Teresa Ghilarducci, The New School for Social Research; Larry Mishel, Economic Policy Institute; Bill Rodgers, Rutgers University; Jesse Rothstein, University of California, Berkeley; Jeannette Wicks-Lim, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 



Retrospective Overview of
2012 Comparative Labor Law

In keeping with the aims pursued by the Association to promote the exchange of opinions and closer ties between labor law experts from different countries, Lavoro e Diritto (Italy), together with the Revue de Droit Comparé du Travail et de la Sécurité Sociale (France), have decided to start an annual overview to address the essential aspects of the issues that occupied a sizeable proportion of the essays appeared in the course the year in the 23 journals belonging to the Association.  The English version is published in the English Electronic Edition of Revue de Droit Comparé du Travail et de la Sécurité Sociale at the following website.



 Website Access for Participating Organizations

In addition to receiving printed volumes, all subscribers are given a subscriber’s passcode as a benefit of subscription.

In 2013, the Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal announced a program that provides participating organizations with a passcode that allows their members to have electronic access to all past and current articles. Participating in this membership benefit program thus far are:

  • Australian Labour Law Association
  • China Law Society
  • Industrial Law Society (United Kingdom)
  • International Labour Office (Switzerland)
  • Israeli Society for Labor Law and Social Security
  • Italian Association of Labor Law and Social Security
  • Labor and Employment Relations Association (United States)

Organizations interested in participation should contact the Journal’s Managing Editor, Gita DeLeon, at


Call for Papers for Labor Law Research Network Conference

University of Amsterdam, June 25–27, 2015

The Labor Law Research Network (LLRN), established in 2011, is comprised of forty-six research centers from all over the world dedicated to the study of labor law.  One of the objectives of the LLRN is to hold bi-annual international conferences that will be entirely academic (dedicated to the presentation and discussion of original papers); entirely about labor law (broadly conceived); and will allow cutting-edge topics to surface from the participating scholars themselves, in a nonhierarchical way.

Each conference is organized by a different research center from among the LLRN members.  The inaugural LLRN conference was held on June 2013 at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.  The second conference is to be held on June 25–27, 2015 and will be organized by the Hugo Sinzheimer Institute (HSI) at the University of Amsterdam.

Conference Topics

Proposals are welcome on any topic related to labor/employment law, broadly conceived.  To give an impression of the sort of topics especially invited and to assist us in building the program later on, we have defined five specific conference tracks.  However, these are not exhaustive or exclusionary; therefore, the organizing committee also welcomes proposals on alternative topics and themes which will be accommodated in the general conference track.

General Conference Track

With this track we want to emphasize that the conference is not limited to the below mentioned track themes, hence it is open to a variety of research in the wider field of labor/employment law.

  • Track 1:  Precarious and atypical work as a challenge for labor law.
  • Track 2:  Labor law and Industrial relations in (times of) crisis.
  • Track 3:  Institutional aspects of labor law.
  • Track 4:  Labor related social security law.
  • Track 5:  Purpose, scope, and boundaries of labor law.

We Are Inviting the Following Types of Proposals:

Paper abstract:  Scholars interested in presenting papers at the conference are invited to submit an abstract of up to 500 words.  Please include a title, your name and affiliation, and contact information.  Proposals will be subject to peer-review by the organizing committees.

Panel session:  Scholars are also welcome to submit proposals for full panel sessions, which include 4 papers or 3 papers and a discussant.  Such proposals should be submitted by the convener of the panel (who can also serve as the chair), and include abstracts of all proposed papers as well as a short integrative statement explaining the theme of the panel (all in one document).

Author meets reader panel:  Scholars who wish to organize a discussion around a recent important labor law book are invited to propose a panel with 3–4 discussants and the author as a respondent.  Proposals for this panel do not require abstracts, just a short explanation of the book’s importance and brief biographies of the discussants who agreed to take part.

Book presentation:  Scholars who recently published a book around an important labor law issue are invited to propose a panel with 3–4 authors and a discussant not involved with the book.  Proposals for a book presentation do not require abstracts, just a short explanation of the book’s importance, brief biographies of the participating authors and the discussant.

Research Centers Showcase Panel:  Labor law research centers are invited to propose sessions in which their research projects are be presented and discussed.  The exact plan for such a panel is open for discussion with the international organizing committee.

All proposals are to be sent to  Please indicate for which track you are submitting your proposal.

Important Dates

  • October 15, 2014:     Last day to submit abstracts/panel proposals.
  • December 15, 2014:  Decisions on acceptance of papers/panel proposals.
  • May 25, 2015:            Last day to submit full papers.
  • June 25–27, 2015:     Conference!

For more information, including a list of confirmed speakers and members of the organizing committees, please visit