Symposium "European integration and dis-integration: institutional developments, challenges and possibilities from the perspective of labour law”


Dates and times: 

May 18, 2020 - 09:30 to May 19, 2020 - 18:00


Lund University
Faculty of Law
221 00 Lund


The European Union is presently undergoing a moment of fundamental change and political turmoil, which undermine the continuity of European integration. While we acknowledge these troublesome tendencies, we observe a slow but steadfast development of EU labour law. Against this backdrop we find it topical to pose the following question: how and to what extent is labour law consolidating the EU?
A number of initiatives related to labour law are moving forward in the EU legislative process. Each of these labour law reforms is illustrative for what we define as tendencies towards (further) integration and a movement towards disintegration of the EU. Each one of these legislative and/or legal processes is the output of the usual conflicts surrounding labour market regulation. Nevertheless, they each represent an integrating response to a tendency of dis-integration. Our symposium will focus on instances of positive harmonisation and provide a comprehensive picture of this process from an institutional perspective.
Ultimately the symposium aims at gathering young and established European labour law scholars to describe and discuss the future of the EU, through the lens of the present of EU labour law.

If you would like to attend, please register by sending an email to or by April 15th. Attendance is free of charge. The symposium is sponsored by the Centre for European Research at Lund University (

Keynote speaker: professor Diamond Ashiagbor, Kent Law School, UK – “Between the ‘pillar’ and the ‘semester’: Labour law, economic governance and the resilience of the EU integration project”

Speakers: Natalie Videbæk Munkholm, Niklas Selberg, Vincenzo Pietrogiovanni, Caroline Johansson, Ania Zbyszewska, Catherine Barnard, Andrea Iossa and Erik Sjödin
With comments from Ann Numhauser-Henning, Sabina Hellborg, Mia Rönnmar and Xavier Groussot

Application: Apr 15, 2020
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