The Transnational Trade Union Rights (TTUR) Network is one the ETUI’s permanent expert networks and is composed of leading experts in European labour law. The TTUR Network was established by Brian Bercusson in 1997 and met for the first time that same year. The aim of the network is to strengthen and empower the trade union movement with research-based knowledge on comparative and European labour law. In the past decade its research has focused on European labour law, with a particular emphasis on fundamental social rights. The work of the network is best illustrated by its publications, the most recent of which is the book The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Employment Relation (F. Dorssemont, K. Lörcher, S. Clauwaert and M. Schmitt (eds.)).

  • Current projects: Enforcement of EU labour law, notion of employee

Heads of the network 


Niklas Bruun (Finland)
Stockholm and Helsinki Universities

Mélanie Schmitt (France)
University of Strasbourg



Simon Deakin (United Kingdom)  
Cambridge University 

Filip Dorssemont (Belgium)
Université Catholique de Louvain

Antoine Jacobs (the Netherlands)
Tilburg University

Csilla Kollonay-Lehoczky (Hungary)
Central European University

Aristea Koukiadaki (Greece, United Kingdom)
University of Manchester  

Barbara Kresal (Slovenia)
University of Ljubljana

Klaus Lörcher (Germany) 
former legal secretary at the European
Union Civil Service tribunal 

Joanna Unterschutz (Poland)
University of Business and Administration

Bruno Veneziani (Italy)
University of Bari


Former members

  • Brian Bercusson, Cambridge University, founder of the TTUR
  • Thomas Blanke, Oldenburg University
  • Yota Kravaritou, University of Thessaloniki
  • Christoph Vigneau, Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne


Recent activities


The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Employment Relation

Filip Dorssemont, Klaus Lörcher, Stefan Clauwaert and Mélanie Schmitt

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union is the most developed and comprehensive legally binding human rights instrument in the social field of the European Union. It is becoming increasingly important and is the first instrument that includes both civil and political rights on one hand and social rights on the other. read more 


2019 ETUC Brian Bercusson Award on European labour law

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has instituted an award to honour the outstanding and dynamic scientific work, of great value to the European trade union movement, of the late labour law Professor Brian Bercusson: the ETUC Brian Bercusson Award. read more


The European Social Charter and the Employment Relation

Niklas Bruun, Klaus Lörcher, Isabelle Schömann and Stefan Clauwaert

The collection of articles in this book addresses the potential of the European Social Charter to promote and safeguard social rights in Europe.
Drawing on the expertise of the ETUI's Transnational Trade Union Rights (TTUR) expert network members from across Europe, it provides a comprehensive commentary on these fundamental rights. read more


The European Convention on Human Rights and the Employment Relation

Edited by Filip Dorssemont, Klaus Lörcher and Isabelle Schömann

The accession by the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) has opened up new possibilities in terms of the constitutional recognition of fundamental rights in the EU. In the field of employment law it heralds a new procedure for workers and trade unions to challenge EU law against the background of the ECHR. In theoretical terms this means that EU law now goes beyond recognition of fundamental rights as mere general principles of EU law, making the ECHR the 'gold standard' for fundamental (social) rights. read more