European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.

Social legislation

European labour legislation forms part of the Community acquis and as such influences the domestic laws of EU member states. The ETUI's research in labour law covers a wide range of topics which are dealt with in different sections of this website.

In this section, we present the work of ETUI researchers in two areas: an examination of the case law handed down by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in the field of European labour law; and European labour law as, in particular, it is implemented and – when necessary reviewed – in the member states.

In the section entitled “ EU Institutional developments” we examine, on the one hand, the European Treaties and the legal basis of the EU’s labour law jurisdiction and, on the other, the European Commission's Better Regulation initiative specifically directed at a range of European employment laws.

On the “ Networks” page of this site, we present two legal networks: a research-oriented and academic network of labour law professors dealing with Transnational Trade Union Rights ( TTUR) and a network of legal experts from the national trade union organisations affiliated to the ETUC ( NETLEX).


Isabelle Schömann Senior Researcher


Stefan Clauwaert Senior Researcher


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