Focus of the colloquium is on the interplay and avenues of influence of EU fundamental rights and international human rights on national labour law systems, and how national labour law systems have adopted and applied rights originating from outside the national rulemaking mechanisms. This plays out in the delicate sphere of access to employment and security in employment, where the economic interests of the employer meet the individual rights of the employee.

Much research has already been carried out in this field from a labour law perspective, from an EU law perspective and from a human rights perspective. This colloquium aims to combine these three perspectives under a shared investigative umbrella. The colloquium thus aims to bring together scholars from different legal disciplines in order to discuss common phenomena from their respective viewpoints.  This allows for examination and discussion of theoretic differences and alignments, for investigation of gaps and overlaps, as well as highlighting areas of progress and potential avenues forward.

The colloquium will be structured around general panel presentations as well as parallel workshops with papers presented by and discussed among the participants.”


We invite abstracts of projects and full papers to be presented and discussed in parallel workshops relating to one or more of the following 5 themes:

  1.  Freedom of association, the right to negotiate collectively and the right to strike
  2. Privacy at work, the right of employees to enjoy private life and correspondence inside and outside work-situations
  3. Freedom of expression and sanctioning of employees for expressions inside and outside work-situations
  4. Right to non-discrimination regarding certain criteria, e.g. gender and gender identity, age, race, religion and belief, disability, sexual orientation, political orientation.
  5. Right to protection from harassment at work

Abstracts of projects and full papers are encouraged to focus on the interplay between European or international norms and national labour markets. This could e.g. be norms promoted in EU treaties, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, EU directives, the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Social Charter, ILO Conventions, UN Human Rights Conventions including UN Conventions preventing discrimination on certain grounds. Submissions could examine issues of correspondence, of implementation, procedure or enforcement and could investigate theories on monism, dualism or pluralism and their influences on the national adaptation.