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Silvia Rainone

Silvia Rainone
Europeanisation of Industrial Relations
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Silvia holds a Law degree from the University of Bologna (2012), where she specialized in European integration and fundamental rights.
After a traineeship in a law firm dealing with Italian labour and social security law, in 2014 she obtained an LLM in International and European Labour Law at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
Silvia was a Schuman trainee at the European Parliament in 2015. After that, and until the moment she joined the ETUI in November 2019, she has been working at Tilburg University as a PhD candidate. Her doctoral research deals with workers’ rights in case of business restructurings, with a particular focus on the decision-making of the Court of Justice of the EU.

Areas of activity

EU law on labour rights in case of business restructurings, in particular regarding:

  • Transfers of undertaking;
  • Collective Redundancies;
  • Information and consultation rights.

The evolution of labour law: the concepts of worker, enterprise, employment relation;

The Court of Justice’s decision-making in labour matters;

EU labour policy – balancing between economic and social dimension of EU integration;

EU social dialogue.


Italian, English, French

Main publications or courses
  • “Workers' Involvement in Collective Redundancies in EU Law - What for? A Case Study”, in Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations, Wolters Kluwer, September 2019 – Journal Article;
  • “Labour Law Beyond its Emancipatory Nature: What is Left?”, in Recent Labour Law Issues – A Multilevel Perspective, edited by S. Bellomo and A. Preteroti, Giappichelli, 2019 – Book Chapter;
  • “The CJEU’s Approach to the Employer’s Contractual Autonomy – A Case Study on Business Restructuring”, in New Industrial Relations in the Era of Globalization: A Multilevel Analysis, edited by A. Perulli and S. Bellomo, Wolters Kluwer – Cedam, 2019 – Book Chapter;
  • “Framing the Subjects and Objects of Contemporary EU Law”, edited by S. Bardutzky and E. Fahey, 2017, Elgar Publishing, in European Law Review, 1/2019 – Book Review;
  • Labour Rights in the Making of the EU and in the CJEU case law: A case study on the Transfer of Undertakings Directive”, in European Labour Law Journal, vol. 9, 2018 – Journal Article.