Panels & panellists

In the three panels, scholars with an expertise in each of the fields of EU law, human rights law and national labour law will address cross-cutting themes from the perspective of each of the fields.

Panel 1: Structures and systems

The panel aims to highlight and discuss the context, aims and purposes of the three perspectives: national labour law, EU fundamental rights and international human rights law. Furthermore, the panellists are invited to address topics such as legal sources and hierarchies, institutional structures, background systems, and basic considerations and principles developed by case law.


  • Claire Kilpatrick (European University Institute)
  • Filip Dorssemont (Université catholique de Louvain)    
  • Andreas Inghammar (Lund University)

Panel 2: Conflicting rights

This panel addresses interpretational methods and considerations, e.g. the conflict between the right to negotiate collectively and the right to freedom from discrimination on grounds of disability or freedom of expression.


  • Luis López Guerra (formerly ECtHR)
  • Stein Evju (University of Oslo)
  • Guy Davidov (Hebrew University Jerusalem)

Panel 3: Remedies

Remedies refer to different avenues and means for enforcement in case of alleged breaches. The different disciplines, labour law, EU fundamental rights, International Human Rights/ILO, have varying systems and measures. The panel aims to highlight and discuss such differences in means relating to violations of rights at the work place. Presentations could consider topics such as types of fora, limitations on access to the remedy, liability subjects (state, single employer, trade unions), burden of proof, reparatory or penal sanctions, etc.


  • Tonia Novitz (University of Bristol)
  • Henrik Karl Nielsen (Koch/Christensen Law Firm)
  • Niklas Bruun (Hanken School of Economics)


Niklas Bruun, Hanken School of Economics

Niklas Bruun is Professor Emeritus in Law at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland, and he was the Director of the Research Program REMARKLAB, ‘Regulating Markets and Labour - Nordic, European and Global Perspectives’, at Stockholm University from 2010 to 2016. Bruun is appointed member of the Human Rights Delegation of the Finnish Human Rights Centre from 2016-2020, of the EU Corporate Governance Forum from 2008 to 2012, of the UN CEDAW Committee 2009-2016, and the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association 1996-1998 and 2006-2008. He is a well-known author on labour law, European law and human rights and has published extensively as well as edited and co-edited a long list of research books. 

His research interests cover labour and employment law, EU law, intellectual property law and discrimination law, from a Nordic, European and international perspective.

Guy Davidov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Guy Davidov is Professor and the Elias Lieberman Chair in Labour Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the Director of the Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law and the coordinator of the Labour Law and Social Security Forum. He previously served as Vice-Dean as well as Chair of Graduate Studies. He studied at Tel-Aviv University (LLB 1996) and the University of Toronto (LLM 1998, SJD 2002). He was the founding Chair of the Labour Law Research Network (LLRN), from 2011 through 2015, and continued to serve on its Steering Committee until 2017. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, and has previously served as editor of several Hebrew journals, including Mishpat Umimshal – Law and government, Hukim – Legislation, and Labour, Society and Law.

His research interests lie in the crisis of labour law and employment law with a focus on the current mismatch between the legal instruments and the goals they are supposed to advance. Most recently his work is focused on using philosophical theories to understand the goals of labour law ”

Filip Dorssemont, Université Catholique de Louvain

Filip Dorssemont is Professor in Labour Law at Université Catholique de Louvain. He has been Visiting Professor in Labour Law at the University Robert Schumann of Strasbourg (2001), the University of Cassino (2002) and the Università statale di Milano (2008-2010), and guest lecturer at the Université Saint-Louis de Brussels. Currently, he is guest lecturer at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). He worked at the University of Antwerp (1993-2002) and the University of Utrecht (2002-2008). He was a member of the Remarklab Group. He is co-editor of The European Convention on Human Rights and the Employment Relation (2013, Hart Publishing) and The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Employment Relation (2019, Hart Publishing). He is a widely recognized speaker on labour and employment law, and has published extensively on labour and rights related issues.

His research interests concern collective bargaining and worker involvement within the EU, labour and discrimination law, human rights law and European law.    

Stein Evju, University of Oslo

Stein Evju is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Private Law at Oslo University, where he headed the Labour Law Group from 2004 to 2016. In 2008 to 2014 Evju launched and headed the FORMULA project on ‘Free movement, labour market regulation, and multilevel governance in an enlarged EU/EEA’. Since 2007 he has been Honorary Professor at the Department of Law, University of Aarhus, Denmark. He served as President of the National Labour Court of Norway from 1984 to 2000, as judge ad hoc in the European Court of Human Rights from 1999 to 2003, and as a member of the European Committee of Social Rights from 1996 to 2008, as President from 2001 to 2003. In 1981 to 2013 Evju was President of the Norwegian Society for Labour Law, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL), the Advisory Committee of the Labour Law Research Network (LLRN), and the European Labour Court Judges’ Meetings (ELCJM). He publishes widely on labour law issues in national and international journals, and is editor and editorial board member of several journals, including European Labour Law Journal.

 His research interests focus on domestic labour law, especially collective labour law and dismissal protection, international and comparative labour law, and human rights in the field of labour law.

Luis López Guerra, European Court of Human Rights

Luis López Guerra was a judge on the bench of the European Court of Human Rights from 2008-2018. During his tenure he was Vice-President from 2014-2015 and President of Section Three from 2015-2017. While President he was one of 17 judges who in 2013 condemned Spain for its Parot Doctrine, which violated the European Convention of Human Rights and the Spanish Constitution. He also served as a judge on the Constitutional Court of Spain from 1986 to 1995 and was Vice President of the General Council of the Judiciary from 1996-2001.

He previously worked as; an Assistant Professor in Constitutional Law at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Professor of Constitutional Law at the Universidad de Extremadura and is currently Professor of Constitutional Law at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he was also Director of the Institute for Comparative Public Law from 2001 to 2003.

Luis has been involved politically and gained a seat at the Parliament for the Province of Madrid. Following the win of PSOE of the 2004 general elections, Luis was selected as Secretary of State for Justice from 2004-2007.

Luis has over one hundred publications in his name or collectively with others and has written 15 books.

His research interests include Constitutional law, Human Rights law, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Convention of Human Rights.

Andreas Inghammar, Lund University

Andreas Inghammar is Associate Professor in labour law and Head of the Department of Business Law, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Sweden. During 2015-2016 he participated in the Elder Law research programme at Lund University, addressing public and occupational pension schemes. During 2015-2016 he was a guest professor in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and in 2018 a guest professor at the University of Bari, Italy.

Since 1999 he is a member of the Norma Research Programme. He is National Expert for Sweden to the European Labour Law Network, ELLN. His research investigates aspects of global and European law, including disability rights in the labour market as well as the rights of undocumented labour migrants. He currently manages the project "Global Collective Agreements", which discusses industrial relations and collective agreements as tools for social responsibility and improved labour rights in global supply chains. He publishes in Swedish and internationally on labour law, social law and European law.

His research interests lie within labour law, business law, comparative law, EU law and social security law.

Claire Kilpatrick, European University Institute, Florence

Claire Kilpatrick is Professor of International, European and Social Law at the European University Institute, Florence and Co-Director of the Academy of European Law. Before joining the EUI in 2011, she worked at the London School of Economics (2006-2010), Cambridge University (2002-2006) where she was Co-director of the Centre for European Legal Studies, Queen Mary University of London (2000-2002) and Bristol University (1995-2000). In 2005-2009 she served as member of the European Commission’s external advisory Group of Societal Policy Analysis. She is a widely recognized speaker on European Law, Social Rights and Fundamental Rights. Kilpatrick publishes extensively, and serves as a member of the editorial Boards of the Industrial Law Journal and the International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations and of the Advisory Boards of the European Journal of Legal Studies and the European Law Journal. 

Kilpatrick’s research interests lie in the construction of Social Europe, broadly defined, especially the role of the CJEU, the social challenges created by the EMU and enlargement, and the new situation posed by Brexit.

Henrik Karl Nielsen, Koch/Christensen Law Firm, Denmark

Henrik Karl Nielsen is a barrister (Supreme Court) in Koch/Christensen Law Firm, Denmark, where he inter alia advises trade unions, NGOs and business undertaking in matters relating to labour law and international human rights law. He has represented clients before the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, and the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association. Before the UN Committee on the Elimination on Racial Discrimination, he represented the claimant in the first successful communication against the Danish Government, case no. 10/1997. Since 1998 he is a Member of the Board of the Documentation and Advisory Centre on Racial Discrimination, and from 1997-1999 he was a Member of The Human Rights Committee of the Danish Bar and Law Society. In 2012, he was appointed counsel to the claimants by the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry, Statsløsekommissionen, investigating Danish violations of the 1961 UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

 His research interest focuses on the interplay between ILO conventions, EU regulation and national collective agreements with emphasis on national remedies. His main fields of work are Danish and international labour law and law of associations.

Tonia Novitz, University of Bristol

Tonia Novitz is Professor of Labour Law at the University of Bristol. A graduate of the University of Canterbury and Balliol College, Oxford, she has held fellowships at the International Institute for Labour Studies (Geneva), the European University Institute (Florence), the University of Melbourne and the University of Auckland. She has been a professor at Bristol since 2008. She is a member of the executive committee of the Institute of Employment Rights and an honorary member of Old Square Chambers. From 2011 - 2014, she and Alan Bogg led a Leverhulme Trust project on Voices at Work. In 2015 -16, she was engaged in various projects relating to international and comparative treatment of the right to strike, having assisted the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) recently in preparing a legal brief on this issue. She has also been engaged in critical analysis of the Trade Union Act 2016. She is a member of the editorial board of the UK Industrial Law Journal, with special responsibility for the Recent Legislation section.

Her research interests focus predominantly on labour law, international trade and the protection of human rights. She is currently engaged in research on the protection of labour standards under EU trade law, as well as worker-related issues arising in the context of multilateral and bilateral trade agreements. She is a key contributor to an EU Horizon 2020 project on Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) led by the University of Oslo, in which her focus is on trade and investment, but also work-related issues.