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European Labour Law Network


In 2005 Professors Bernd Waas (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany) and Guus Heerma van Voss (Leiden University, The Netherlands) set up a network of experts on labour law in the European Union called the European Labour Law Network (ELLN). The ELLN aims to promote and reinforce the dialogue between representatives of the different labour law systems in Europe. At the same time, the work of the ELLN provides interested actors from policy-making, legal theory and practice with useful insights into labour law developments in Europe. 

From the very beginning, the members of the Network have shown great interest in developing a Restatement of Labour Law in Europe. By developing such a Restatement, all project participants wish to contribute to the academic discussion on labour law in Europe.  In a couple of meetings the fundaments for a Restatement have been built. At the same time the Network has been gradually expanded. 

Since 2008 the ELLN is the official network of experts advising the European Commission on issues relating to developments in individual and collective labour law. In this role, the ELLN represents all Member States of the European Union as well as the EEA States Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.  

As of 1 January 2015, the Restatement of labour law in Europe is supported financially by the European Commission. Project partners are:

● The European Trade Union Confederation/European Trade Union Institute (ETUC/ETUI),

● The Confederation of the German Employers' Associations (BDA),

● The European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA),

● The European Association of Labour Court Judges (EALCJ), and

● The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND).

Two parts of the work on a Restatement of Labour Law in Europe are to be completed and published by the end of 2016: a Restatement on the “definition of employee/worker” and a Restatement on “atypical employment relationships” (part-time, fixed-term and temporary agency work).

Until November 2014 Bernd Waas and Guus Heerma van Voss were both acting as coordinators of the ELLN. Due to other important commitments, the last of the aforementioned ELLN coordinators decided to withdraw from his role. Since then Bernd Waas is the sole coordinator of the activities of the European Labour Law Network and in particular the work of the Study Group on a Restatement of Labour Law in Europe (SGRLLE).