European labour law and policy are at a crucial crossroads: as the macro-economic situation in most member states recovers from the financial crisis, labour markets continue to struggle as workers see their share of the recovery diminish. After last year’s elections to the European Parliament, and the formation of a new European Commission, this ongoing crisis should sit at the heart of policy makers’ search for new directions and priorities.
By bringing together senior European officials from across different institutions with young labour law scholars selected from the 28 Member States, the Shaping Future Directions in EU Labour Law project hopes to provide a new impetus for early career scholars’ work in this field.Following an initial 1-day workshop at Magdalen College, Oxford, on 3 July 2015, each scholar will collaborate with a senior mentor, in discussion with whom a particular policy proposal or paper can be developed – thus providing early career academics with in-depth insights into the realities of policy making, and making their latest research accessible to senior policy makers. Ongoing work will be published in an online blog, and culminate in presentations to senior academics and social partner representatives at an INLACRIS conference in Cagliari on 17-18 December 2015. It is hoped that the final papers will be published as an edited volume in the Studies of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law series (Hart|Bloomsbury Publishing).
Work in progress was presented at the European Labour Law Network's ELLN Young Scholars' Blog.View the six presentations from the December 2015 workshop - all on Youtube and 15 - 20 minutes each.