European and Comparative Labour Law Student Seminar – Reconciling Work and Family Life

On 1–4 April 2014, the law school hosted a student European and Comparative Labour Law seminar. The theme was ‘Reconciling Work and Family Life’. The event is part of the work undertaken by the European Working Group on Labour Law (EWL).

Eurpean and Comparative Labour Law student seminar group photograph

The three day seminar involved the presentation of students’ national reports on the legal framework applicable to maternity, paternity and parental leave as well as the opportunity to work flexibly. The following sessions required students from each national delegation to discuss, in a comparative context, a topic associated with the relevant law. On the final day, Dr Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella delivered a presentation on the European Union context and legal framework. The working groups subsequently presented their comparative report in a plenary session.

A delegation of six represented the University of Leicester: Pascale Lorber and Professor Mark Bell represented the staff side while Helen Johnson, Andrew Wilson (LLM Employment law by distance learning) and Kay Ajibade (LLB).were students’ representatives.

The other universities present were: Utrecht (The Netherlands), Castilla la Mancha (Spain), Cassino (Italy), Strasbourg (France).

All national reports are available:

Students were delighted at the opportunity to discuss a topical employment law subject. They also enjoyed working and socialising with European colleagues.

The School of Law is a member of the EWL and is usually represented by Pascale Lorber and Mark Bell. The EWL is a research network which organises conferences and publishes research papers on European Labour law in a comparative context.

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