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)
  • South African Society for Labour Law

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


Call for Papers for the 2014 Marco Biagi Award

To stimulate scholarly activity and broaden academic interest in comparative labour and employment law, the International Association of Labour Law Journals announces a Call for Papers for the 2014 Marco Biagi Award. The award is named in honor of the late Marco Biagi, a distinguished labour lawyer, victim of terrorism because of his commitment to civil rights, and one of the founders of the Association. The Call is addressed to doctoral students, advanced professional students, and academic researchers in the early stage of their careers.

  1. The Call requests papers concerning comparative and/or international labour or employment law and employment relations, broadly conceived. Research of an empirical nature within the Call’s purview is most welcome.
  2. Submissions will be evaluated by an academic jury to be appointed by the Association.
  3. Papers accepted by the jury will be assured publication in a member journal.
  4. Papers may be submitted preferably in English, but papers in French, or Spanish will also be accepted. The final version should not significantly exceed 50,000 characters which is about twenty printed pages.
  5. The author or authors of the papers selected by the jury will be invited to present the work at the Association’s 2014 meeting in Dublin. Efforts are being undertaken to attach an honarium and travel expenses for the presentation of the paper. Until that effort bears fruit, however, the Association hopes that home institutional funds would be available to support the researcher’s presentation.
  6. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2014. Submissions should be transmitted electronically to both Lavoro e diritto at andthe Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal at

The International Association of Labor Law Journals

Análisis Laboral, Peru
Arbeit und Recht, Germany
Australian Journal of Labor Law, Australia
Bulletin on Comparative Labour Relations, Belgium
Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, Canada
Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, USA
Diritti lavori mercati, Italy
Europäische Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht (EuZA), Germany
European Labour Law Journal, Belgium
Giornale di Diritto del lavoro e relazioni industriali, Italy
Industrial Law Journal, United Kingdom
Industrial Law Journal, South Africa
International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, The Netherlands
International Labour Review, ILO
Japan Labor Review, Japan
Labour Society and Law, Israel
La Rivista Giuridica del Lavoro e della Previdenza Sociale – RGL, Italy
Lavoro e Diritto, Italy
Pécs Labor Law Review, Hungary
Relaciones Laborales, Spain
Revista de Derecho Social, Spain
Revue de Droit Comparé du Travail et de la Securité Sociale, France
Revue de Droit du Travail, France
Rivista giuridica del lavoro e della sicurezza sociale, Italy
Temas Laborales, Spain
Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Arbeits- und Sozialrecht, Germany

Prior Recipients of the Marco Biagi Award

2013 - Aline Van Bever (University of Leuven, Belgium), The Fiduciary Nature of the Employment Relationship

2012 - Diego Marcelo Ledesma Iturbide (Buenos Aires University, Argentina), Una propuesta para la reformulación de la conceptualización tradicional de la relación de trabajo a partir del relevamiento de su especificidad jurídica

Special Commendation: Apoorva Sharma (National Law University, Delhi, India),
Towards an Effective Definition of Forced Labor

2011 - Beryl Ter Haar (Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands), Attila Kun (Károli Gáspár University, Hungary) & Manuel Antonio Garcia-Muñoz Alhambra (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain), Soft On The Inside; Hard For the Outside: An Analysis of the Legal Nature of New Forms of International Labour Law

Special Commendation: Mimi Zou (Oxford University, Great Britain), Labour Relations
With “Chinese Characteristics”?
Chinese Labour Law at an Historic Crossroad

2010 - Virginie Yanpelda, (Université de Douala, Cameroun), Travail décent et diversité des rapports de travail Special Commendation:Marco Peruzzi (University of Verona, Italy), Autonomy in the European social dialogue

Association’s Award Prior to Naming as Marco Biagi Award

2009 - Orsola Razzolini (Bocconi University, Italy), The Need to Go Beyond the Contract: “Economic” and “Bureaucratic” Dependence in Personal Work Relations