Project Participants

Following a competitive application process in May 2015, 10 participants from across the Member States have been invited to join the programme:


Dr Judit Basseira, University of Girona

Judit Basseira holds a PhD in Law from the University of Girona. She is an associate professor in the Department of Labour Law and Social Security at the University of Girona.She has performed research at Columbia University in New York and holds a diploma in Advanced Studies (DEA) obtained through the doctoral program "Globalization and Law: The European Law as a reference" from the University of Girona. She also holds a Masters in Labour and Social Security from the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Dr Sara Benedi, University of Southampton

Sara is a Lecturer in Employment Law at the University of Southampton. She holds a PhD from the University of Leicester (2015) and an LLM in EU Law from the College of Europe (2008).During her doctoral studies, she was a trainee at the European Commission (DG Justice), an academic assistant at the College of Europe and an associate tutor at the University of Leicester. She has also collaborated with local and European NGOs dealing with equality, migrants and women rights, and she has trained Spanish civil servants on EU and Spanish anti-discrimination law. Sara’s current research focuses on the analysis of enforcement procedures in employment law, with a focus on the effects of the financial crisis, the use of ADR, the role of advice providers and prevention policies.

Dr Lilli Cassano, University of Bergamo

Lilli Casano received her education at the University of Catania, where she obtained a post-graduate degree in  Sociology and a PhD in European Labour Law, with a final dissertation concerning a comparison of the training  regulatory frameworks for temporary agency workers.While a PhD candidate, she spent a research period at ISST - Institut des Sciences Sociales du Travail, Université Paris1, Panthéon Sorbonne, France. Her doctoral thesis has been published by the Italian publisher Franco Angeli and she was awarded the Marco Biagi prize for the best PhD dissertation in labour law, funded by ADAPT and the Italian Ministry of Labour. In 2012 she was appointed Reseach Fellow at the Association for international and comparative studies in Labour Law and Industrial relations (ADAPT) where she currently carries out research and develops projects in the field of training and occupational transitions.  Following a research stay at the University of Modena, in 2014 she moved to the University of Bergamo where she is currently based in the capacity of Research Fellow and Temporary Lecturer. Lilli’s research mainly focuses on occupational transitions, especially for young people, regulatory frameworks and sociological aspects concerning apprenticeship and training schemes, lifelong vocational training, active labour market policies with a special interest in the validation of formal and informal learning and skills certification. She holds a course on “European Policies on Education and Training” at the University of Bergamo, following the successful award of a “Jean Monnet Programme” grant. Additionally, current research projects include the evolution of temporary agency work and the recent Italian labour market reform (so called Jobs Act) in the light of labour market transitions.

Dr Eusebi Colàs, Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona)

Eusebi Colàs is Lecturer in Labour and Social Security Law, member of the research group greDTiSS, and Academic director of the degree in Industrial Relations at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona).

He was Lecturer at Carlos III University of Madrid (2000-2001), and Visiting researcher at the Centre for the Study of European Labour Law ‘Massimo d’Antona’, at the University of Catania (2009 and 2006), the Human Rights Institute ‘Bartolomé de las Casas’, at Carlos III University (2006), and the Institute of Labour Studies, at the University of Milano (2003).

His main research interests are in the fields of Labour Law and workers’ fundamental rights, and the reforms of Social Security systems. His doctoral thesis analysed the impact of flexibility policies and ICTs on the employment relationship; in particular, he focused his attention on the impact of digital instruments on workers’ fundamental rights. He is currently analysing the reforms of Social Security systems from a multilevel perspective. Considering the Spanish case, he is interested in how Member States are implementing the EU recommended policies in the processes of change of social protection systems.

For further information you can visit his webpage.

Dr Erika Kovács, Vienna University of Economics and Business

I read law at the University of Pécs in Hungary and one year at the University of Trier (Germany). I was a researcher at the Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the EU at the University of Trier (2004-2007), where I completed my doctoral thesis (Dr.iur.) in 2008.Prior to joining the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2012, I was the Director of the Institute of Comparative and European Labour Law at the University of Pécs (2008-2012). Since 2015 I have a tenure-track position at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, where I teach European labour and social Law as well as Austrian labour law. I lectured in Rotterdam, Graz and Osijek and was invited speaker in numerous conferences (i.a. ELLN, LLRN, etc). I also have been a research visitor at the University of Oxford and the University of Vienna.

Dr Miriam Kullmann, Maastricht University

Miriam Kullmann is an assistant professor at the Law Faculty, Maastricht University (The Netherlands), where she has been working since January 2015. From January until June 2015, Miriam has been a guest postdoctoral researcher within the Norma Elder Law Research Environment at Lund University. In April 2015, Miriam completed her PhD on the Enforcement of Labour Law in Cross-Border Situations at the Law Faculty, Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Her research interests lie in the area of employment law, EU (employment) law and comparative employment law.

Dr Amy Ludlow, University of Cambridge

Dr Amy Ludlow read law at Trinity College, Cambridge. She then completed an LLM specialising in EU law in Leuven, Belgium, before returning to Trinity to write her PhD on the staffing and industrial relations impacts of procurement in the prisons sector. Whilst finishing her PhD, Amy became at College Teaching Associate at Trinity Hall in Cambridge and studied for the BPTC part time. Having completed her doctoral thesis, Amy was appointed as a College Lecturer and Fellow at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Law. She is also a member of the Prisons Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology. In these capacities she teaches EU law, labour law and criminal law, as well as running the Learning Together programme and teaching MSt students at the Institute of Criminology. Her predominant research interests lie in the workforce implications of public sector reform and privatisation, and the use of empirical methods to explore labour law questions. She has recently published a monograph (Privatising Public Prisons: Labour Law and the Public Procurement Process, Oxford: Hart, 2015) and edited collection (with Alysia Blackham) (New Frontiers in Empirical Labour Law Research, Oxford: Hart, 2015). She is also currently working on a CHRGS funded empirical project with Catherine Barnard exploring the enforcement of labour rights by EU-8 migrant workers.

Dr Valerio de Stefano, Bocconi University, and International Labour Organisation, Geneva

Valerio De Stefano, born in 1982, holds a Ph.D. in Law of Business and Commerce from Bocconi University, in Milan. He is a teaching fellow in labour and employment law at Bocconi where he also was a post-doctoral researcher from 2011 to 2014.  His main research interests are the historical development of the notion of employees' legal subordination, the protection of freedom of association and trade union rights at the comparative, European and International level and the regulation of precarious work. His current research activity focus in particular on casual forms of work, including on-call and zero-hour contracts, marginal part-time, crowdwork and "work on-demand". He was a visiting academic at UCL in 2012  and a post-doctoral member at Clare Hall College, the University of Cambridge, in 2013. Since June 2014, he has joined the International Labour Office as a Technical Officer in the Inclusive Labour Markets, Labour Relations and Working Conditions Branch (INWORK) of the WORKQUALITY Department, where he mainly carries out research about the regulation of non-standard forms of work across the world, such as temporary work, temporary agency work and other contractual arrangements involving multiple parties, disguised employment relationships, dependent self-employment and part-time work.

Dr Rebecca Zahn, University of Strathclyde

Rebecca Zahn currently holds a lectureship in law at the University of Strathclyde. Prior to this, she held a lectureship in law at the University of Stirling (2011-2015) and a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute (2010-2011). She received an LL.B. (Hons) in Law and French from the University of Edinburgh, an LL.M (Human Rights) from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a Ph.D in Law from the University of Edinburgh. In 2011, her PhD thesis was awarded the European Trade Union Confederation’s Brian Bercusson Award for the best PhD thesis to have been submitted in European Labour Law between 2006 and 2010. She has held visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (University of Edinburgh), the University of Oxford’s Law Faculty, and the Centre for European Legal Studies (University of Cambridge). Her main research interests and specialisation lie in the fields of European Law and Labour Law (particularly European, national, and comparative labour law) and she has published widely in these areas.

Dr Ania Zbyszewska, University of Warwick

Ania is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Warwick Law School (UK) and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Elder Law Research Environment at Lund University Faculty of Law in Sweden. Working from a socio-legal perspective, Ania is particularly interested in how regulation of work articulates with other areas of social and economic policy, and in examining the gendered dimensions of that nexus, as well as the social sustainability of regulatory regimes that it constitutes. Her work also explores the dynamic and synergistic interactions between law and politics, particularly in multilevel, transnational governance contexts such as the European Union (EU) and under conditions of political-economic transformation. Areas of particular focus in her work are regulation of working time, organization of care, work-family reconciliation, and labour market integration of older workers. Ania has a PhD in Law and Society from University of Victoria Faculty of Law in Canada and her doctoral thesis examining the gendered aspects of working-time regulation was awarded the 2013 UACES Prize for the Best PhD Thesis in Contemporary European Studies. She is currently completing a monograph entitled Gendering European Working Time Regimes: The Working Time Directive and the Case of Poland, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press.


Policy Makers

Julia Steinruck MEP, European Parliament

Sjoerd Feenstra, European Commission

Frank Lecomte, Court of Justice of the European Union

Elina Paunio, Court of Justice of the European Union

Aline Hoffman, European Trade Union Institute

Marcin Wujczyk, European Committee of Social Rights (Council of Europe)

Academic Mentors

Professor Alan Bogg, Oxford

Professor Catherine Barnard, Cambridge

Dr Nicola Countouris, UCL

Professor Anne Davies, Oxford

Professor Sylvaine Laulom, Lyon II

Professor Piera Loi, Cagliari

Professor Tonia Novitz, Bristol


On this page