Zane Rasnača

Senior Researcher


Zane Rasnača holds a PhD (2017) from the European University Institute in Florence. The topic of her thesis was “First or one among equals? The CJEU and the construction of EU social policy”. For her PhD she has received Mauro Cappelletti prize and ELFA 2017 award for the best thesis in European law. She also holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (LL.M, specialization in European law) and the University of Latvia. Before joining the ETUI, Zane was a stagiaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union. In 2014/2015 Zane Rasnača was a Fulbright/Schuman visiting researcher at Yale Law School and Rutgers University. She has worked for the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Latvia in the office of the Representative before the CJEU. She has taught EU law and human rights courses at the University of Latvia, the European University Institute and Riga Graduate School of Law. Zane is also an affiliated member at the Institute for European Law, KU Leuven. She is the coordinator of the Transnational Trade Union Rights (TTUR) expert network.

Areas of activity

EU law, labour law, comparative labour and constitutional law, European industrial relations, European social dialogue, transnational trade union rights, judicial politics.

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Essential but unprotected: highly mobile workers in the EU during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that highly mobile workers who frequently move either within or in and out of the European Union (EU) are irreplaceable during a public health crisis. Nevertheless, they often remain the least protected and most vulnerable. Measures introduced to protect workers in standard employment relationships during a public... Find out more

Posting of workers before national courts

Intra-EU employee posting remains a politically and legally contentious matter that continues to feature on the agendas of lawmakers, trade unions and researchers alike. Numerous cases brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), as well as recent and ongoing revisions of the posting-related EU legal framework, suggest that... Find out more

Reimbursement rules for posted workers: mapping national law in the EU28

This background analysis surveys how, and for which groups of workers, European Union member states regulate reimbursement of travel, board and lodging costs. The report provides an overview of national and EU law and analyses how these costs are regulated in relation to the worker’s salary. It also offers an analysis of the existing legal... Find out more

Benchmarking Working Europe 2019

Benchmarking Working Europe, the annual stock-take of European economic, labour market and social affairs is published today by the European Trade Union Institute. This year’s report calls for action to stimulate investment, as well as reforms to fiscal rules to allow policy to play a more active role in stabilising economies and securing... Find out more