Labour Law Beyond Subordination. Issues, ideas, proposals and perspectives - 7th SEMINAR ON INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LABOUR LAW


Dates and times: 

June 21, 2021 - 13:00 to June 23, 2021 - 15:00


online online


Due to the pandemic persistence, the 7th International Seminar on International and Comparative Labour Law will be held on line, on zoom.
For this reason, the Scientific Committee has decided to reduce the length of the Seminar and choose a specific timetable to better welcome professors, researchers, young scholars, PhD students, Master students and Research Fellows, from all over the world, considering the different time zone.

The 3 days seminar will thus be focused on the labour recent development, on the overcoming of the traditional and historic dichotomy “self-employment” – “subordination”, giving protections and social rights to all categories of workers.

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted even more the need to extend protections to selfemployed workers, in particular to protect income and to guarantee a more universal social security; digitization is giving rise to forms of work that are difficult to qualify, with diversified orientations of jurisprudence; the legal systems move in no particular order, sometimes providing for ad hoc legislation for particular categories of workers (as in the case of platform workers); international Labour Law seems to push more and more towards a universalistic protection logic, which is independent of the different types of
employment contracts; the doctrine of Labor Law is however divided between those who believe they remain firm in the distinction between subordinate work and self-employment, and those who, with different techniques, tend to overcome the binary logic, towards a more articulated and modular system of protection, centered on the person of the worker or on his socio-economic condition, and not only on his subordination status as the only criterion for attributing the protections of Labor Law.

The seminar wants to raise reflections, ideas, knowledge and perspectives on how labour law could manage this challenge, employing the various methodological categories that have been proposed by scholars, such as the dosage between universality and selectivity, personal work relationships, economically dependent work, etc. We are thus asking to all the participants their support to go in depth in this issue and thus doing concrete proposals on the future of Labour Law.

Monday, 21 June 2021
1 pm – 2 pm (CET),
Welcoming regards
Janice Bellace, ISLSSL President, University of Pennsylvania
Maria Teresa Carinci, University of Milan, Italian Association
of Labour Law and Social Security (AIDLASS) Member
Giuseppe Casale, ISLSSL Secretary General, International
Training Centre of the ILO Deputy Director, Turin School of
Development Director
Tiziano Treu, ISLSSL Honorary President, CNEL President
(Italian National Council for Economics and Labor)
Adalberto Perulli, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Janice Bellace, ISLSSL President, University of Pennsylvania
Guy Davidov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Brian Langille, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
2.30 pm – 4 pm (CET)
Working groups and discussion
Tuesday, 22 June 2021
1 pm – 2 pm (CET)
Takashi Araki, University of Tokyo
Nicola Countouris, University College London, Director of the
Research Department at the European Trade Union Institute
Bruno Caruso, University of Catania
Pascal Lokiec, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
2.30 pm – 4 pm (CET)
Working groups and discussion
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
1 pm – 3 pm (CET),
Reports and general discussion
Stefano Bellomo, Sapienza University of Rome
Manfred Weiss, Goethe University of Frankfurt

Zoom link -
ID riunione: 897 9298 0326 Passcode: ISLSSL-21
All labour law scholars are welcome to join.
The participation to the seminar is free of charge.
To join the working groups activity and discussion, please send your cv at Prof.
Adalberto Perulli before May 30th, 2021, at this address:
Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendence and Participation.

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