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Erika Kovacs

Dr. Erika Kovács

Vienna University of Economics and Business



Erika Kovács is an Assistant Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. After reading law in Hungary and Germany, she earned her doctoral degree at the University of Trier, Germany. She joined the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2012, where she specialises in European and Austrian labour and social security law. Erika published widely in three languages in various legal journals (Comp. Lab. L. & Pol'y J., ELLJ, EuZA, etc), was invited speaker of many prestigious conferences (eg. ELLN, LLRN) and have been involved in numerous international research projects.

Marc De Vos

Prof. Dr. Marc de Vos

University of Ghent



Marc De Vos holds a Licentiate and Doctorate in Law (University of Ghent, 1993 and 2000), a Master in Social Law (Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1994), and a Master of Laws (Harvard University, 2000). His main academic fields of interest include Belgian and European employment and labour law, the law of globalization, and fundamental rights. He is a professor at the Ghent University Law School, where he teaches courses on Belgian, European and international employment and labour law, as well as an introduction to the rule of law. He is also the director-general of the Itinera Institute, a non-partisan policy think-tank in Brussels. He frequently publishes, lectures and debates on issues of labour and employment law, European integration, labour market reform, pensions, healthcare, ageing and the welfare state, both nationally and internationally, and in academic, professional and policy circles, as well as in the media.

Erika Kovacs

Dr. iur. Petr Hůrka, PhD

Charles University – Prague

Czech Republic

Niklas Bruun

Prof. Niklas Bruun

University of Helsinki



Niklas Bruun is currently professor in private law at the University of Helsinki (during 2007-2009 he was Vice Dean of the Faculty). He was professor in commercial law at Hanken School of Economics (1985-2006) He is the Director of the IPR University Center ( and the Director for the Graduate School for Intellectual Property Law INNOCENT 2007-2011. He is the Manager of the research programme” Regulating Markets and Labour - Nordic, European and Global Perspectives (ReMarkLab)”, University of Stockholm He is a researcher in the Finnish Center of Excellence in the Foundations of European Law and Polity Research, University of Helsinki. Niklas Bruun is the General Editor of JFT (Tidskrift, utgiven av Juridiska Föreningen I Finland).

Prof. Jean-Philippe Lhernould

Université de Nantes



Jean-Philippe Lhernould is a professor of EU labour and social security law at the School of Law in Poitiers, France. He earned a PhD in EU law at the university of Orléans (France). He has been vice president of the universities of Orléans and Poitiers. He is a board member many leading employment law journals France and in Europe. He is the author and (co-)author of many papers and books. He has spoken in many national and international conferences. He is an expert for the European Commission (DG EMPL).

Gregor Thusing

Prof. Dr. Gregor Thüsing, LL.M (Harvard)

Universität Bonn



Studium der Rechtswissenschaften an der Universität zu Köln (Stipendiat der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung), Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen 1994, danach wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am dortigen Institut für Arbeits- und Wirtschaftsrecht (Prof. Dr. Herbert Wiedemann). Promotion im Jahr 1995 über ein arbeitsrechtliches Thema ("Der Außenseiter im Arbeitskampf", ebenfalls als Stipendiat der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung).

Dr. Luca Calcaterra

Università Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples



Luca Calcaterra is Associate professor of EU labour law at University Suor Orsola Benincasa of Napoli. Degree with honours in law in 1997 at the University of Napoli “Federico II”, he earned a Phd at the same University in 2003, he has been lecturer in labour law at University Suor Orsola Benincasa of Napoli since 2004. Head of the Editorial Board of “Rivista Italiana di Diritto del Lavoro” (Giuffrè, Milano), he is also a member of the editorial board of “Diritti, Lavori, Mercati” (Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli) and of “Diritto delle Relazioni Industriali” (Giuffrè, Milano). Prize "Francesco Santoro Passarelli" 2010 (Accademia dei Lincei) and "Massimo D'Antona" 2011 (AIDLASS) for his monograph about "The objective justification for the dismissal" (Editoriale Scientifica, 2009), he is also author of a monograph about "Supply of workers. Theories and ideologies" (Editoriale Scientifica, 2017) and of several articles and essays published on the main Italian Journals of labour law. He is a member of the Italian Association for Labour Law and Social Security (A.I.D.La.S.S.) since 2001 and in 2015 he has been awarded with the International prize "Sebetia Her".

Prof. Anthony Kerr

University College Dublin



Anthony Kerr is a Senior Counsel at the Bar of Ireland and an Associate Professor at the UCD Sutherland School of Law where he is the Programme Director of the Professional Diploma in Employment Law. He is a graduate of the University of Dublin, the University of London and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns and has been a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute. He is the Ireland representative on the European Labour Law Network, an Executive Committee member of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law and a National Reporter for the International Labour Law Reports. He is recognised by the European Commission, for which he has completed many research projects, as a Level One expert.

Daiva Petrylaite

Vilnius University



Daiva Petrylaitė is a professor of labour law and the head of the Collective Labour Law and Social Partnership Institute under at the Vilnius University, Lithuania. She defended PhD thesis “Theoretical and Practical Problems of the Collective Labour Dispute Institution” in 2005. The scientific research fields of her are: labour relations, employment contracts, industrial relations, social partnership and social policy. Daiva actively participates in labour law-making processes. In March 2017, Daiva Petrylaitė was appointed a justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania.

Luca Ratti

University of Luxembourg



Luca Ratti is an associate professor of European and comparative labour law at the Faculty of of Law, Economics and Finance in Luxembourg. He earned a PhD in labour law from the University of Bologna, where he also served as Senior Researcher and Adjunct Professor in Labour Law and Social Security.

Together with Italian and European academics he has coordinated research projects and publications on personal damages, individual and collective dismissals, outsourcing, and the invalidity of employment contracts, making particular use of the comparative method. He is currently Principal Investigator in research projects funded by the Luxemburgish Fond National de la Recherche (FNR) and by the European Commission.

Prof. Ruben Houweling

Erasmus University Rotterdam



Ruben Houweling is a professor of labour law at the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He earned a PhD in criminal law, but was appointed professor in employment law. Ruben has experience on all important areas of employment law. He is editor of multiple leading employment law journals in the Netherlands and (co-)author of important employment law handbooks. Ruben developed the interactive digital data bank (VAAN) AR and is general editor of the weekly online update.

Prof. Stein Evju

University of Oslo



Stein Evju is emeritus professor of labour law at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo, Norway. He previously served as President of the Labour Court of Norway and a member and president of the European Committee of Social Rights. Stein has a special interest in collective labour law and industrial relations, and in European and international labour law. He has published extensively in all important areas of labour law, nationally and internationally. Stein is scientific editor of the two Norwegian labour law journals and on the academic board of international journals in the field.

Prof. Dr. hab. Andrzej Marian Świątkowski

Jesuit University



Andrzej Marian Świątkowski, Jean Monet Professor of European Labour Law and Social Security Law, employed till 2014 as a head of the Chair of Labour Law and Social Policy at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. Currently employed of the Chair of Public Policies and Administration at the Jesuit University Ignatianum in Cracow. He published over seven hundred articles in the field of European, international and Polish labour and employment law, social security law and legal aspects of social policy. He is the Author of Commentary to Polish Labour Code published by C.H. Beck.

Andrej Poruban

Comenius University, Bratislava



Andrej Poruban earned a PhD in labour law and he has become an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law of Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. His day-to-day work is focused on labour law in its various forms. Andrej is, among others, a member of the Slovak Bar Association and he was voted the member of Chamber for Dispute Resolution of the Slovak Football Association.

Luis Aguilar

IE University



Professor Aguilar is Legal Director in the Employment Law Department of the global law firm Eversheds Sutherland Nicea since 2013. Before he joined Eversheds Sutherland Nicea, he worked for Uría Menéndez for 8 years.

Professor Aguilar’s professional practice covers all aspects of employment law and, in particular, the hiring of top managers, termination of contracts (including collective redundancies), prevention of occupational risks, health and safety in the construction sector, advice on work-related accidents, collective bargaining, the employment aspects of corporate transactions (including transfer of undertakings) and due diligence processes.

Likewise, Professor Aguilar provides advice to multinational companies on business restructurings and implementation of employment measures. Professor Aguilar regularly manages all phases of litigation and represents clients in employment cases before the Employment Courts and Tribunals in Spain. Professor Aguilar is associate professor of Labour Law at IE University since 2012.

Prof. Catherine Barnard

University of Cambridge (Trinity College)

United Kingdom


Catherine Barnard MA (Cantab), LLM (EUI), PhD (Cantab) is Professor in European Union Law and Employment Law at the University of Cambridge, and senior tutor and fellow of Trinity College.  She specialises in EU law and employment law.  She is author of EU Employment Law (Oxford, OUP, 2012, 5th ed.), The Substantive Law of the EU: The Four Freedoms, (Oxford, OUP, 2016, 5th ed), and (with Peers ed), European Union Law (Oxford, OUP, 2014, second edition 2017 forthcoming). Currently, Catherine is an Associate Fellow in the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe project where she has been working with Dr Amy Ludlow on a project entitled: ‘“Honeypot Britain?” The Lived experience of working as an EU migrant in the UK’ and is now working with Jonathan Portes and Madelaine Sumption on various issues connected with EU migration in the post Brexit world.