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From Labour Law to Social Competition Law?

Book | 1st edition 2014 | Europe | Marc Rigaux, Jan Buelens, Amanda Latinne

It may seem dangerous to express oneself on the future of labour law, since it is widely considered to be in crisis by scholars of the field. There is no doubt that anyone attempting to predict the probable developments by presenting hypotheses regarding these developments runs the risk of making errors. Especially the impossibility to guarantee the relevancy of the chosen parameters and a correct evaluation of the nature of their relations could lead to erroneous predictions. The same applies when one has the ambition to pronounce oneself on the future of institutions, structures or procedures laid down in and protected by law.

The objective of this book is threefold. First of all, it draws attention to a number of phenomena and processes both within and outside the law that affect the protective mechanisms and essential functions of labour law. Secondly, the authors want to point out their main causes and principal consequences. Finally, the book reflects the remedies proposed by the authors to preserve the essential task of labour law. Those objectives are achieved by developing the following four themes: the existential relation between labour law, the labour market and social competition; the historical tie between labour law and human dignity; the relationship between labour law, market law and (social) competition law; and finally the risk of a renewed contestation of the dignity of working people.

The aim of this book is to provide intellectually challenging ideas for those interested in understanding, explaining and interpreting labour laws - whether they are scholars, practitioners, judges, policy-makers, or workers and employers.

With contributions of Jan Buelens, Wolfgang Däubler, René de Quenaudon, Filip Dorssemont, Teun Jaspers, Barbara Kresal, Fleur Laronze, Amanda Latinne, Esteban Martinez, Giovanni Orlandini, Kelly Reyniers, Marc Rigaux, Willemijn Roozendaal and Jens M. Schubert.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781780682211
Series name Publications on Labour Law
Weight 330 g
Status Available
Number of pages x + 190 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Feb 18, 2014
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique No
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  • Table of Contents
  • Labour law or social competition law? The right to dignity of working people questioned (once again). Observations on the future of labour law
    Marc Rigaux
  • Droit du travail ou droit de la concurrence sociale ? De droit à la dignité du travailleur est-il (à nouveau) remis en question ?
    René de Quenaudon
  • Instruments of labour law. It is high time to start wondering whether labour law has not changed into social competition law, meaning that the right to dignity of working people is questioned (once again)
    Jens Schubert
  • Les changements juridiques sur le marché du travail externe et interne
    Jan Buelens
  • Le droit du travail et les modifications apportées au marché du travail
    Esteban Martinez-Garcia
  • Labour law and competition
    Wolfgang Däubler
  • Market rules and the right to strike: a different approach
    Giovanni Orlandini, Filip Dorssemont
  • Fundamental social rights: An added value to the protection of workers? The increasing importance of fundamental (social) rights to the development of labour law?
    Teun Jaspers, Willemijn Roozendaal
  • Le droit du travail, la restauration de l’autonomie de la volonté individuelle et la montée de la soft law
    Fleur Laronze
  • Mutating or dissolving labour law? The fundamental right to dignity of working people questioned (once again)
    Barbara Kresal
  • Human dignity and decent work as ultimate objectives of labour law. Towards ‘basic social law’ with a labour law component?
    Kelly Reyniers
  • Labour law or social competition law: some concluding critical remarks
    Amanda Latinne