House of Labour, Frankfurt am Main Eschersheimer Landstraße 155/157
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This event will explore the interpretative and creative potential of strategic litigation to reinforce the position of (vulnerable) workers in the EU. Trade unionists, lawyers and labour law scholars will present and discuss practical examples of successful proceedings before the European Court of Justice and national labour courts in various European countries.  

Several trends are currently reshaping the world of work and calling into question the efficacy of existing labour law instruments in pursuing their protective and emancipatory function vis-à-vis workers. Digital technology, the platformisation of labour, fissuring tendencies and an increasing reliance on service contracts, as well as the growing share of migrant and vulnerable workers in the EU, all have concrete implications for employment rights, the quality of working conditions and the reliability of corporate actors. Is the current EU labour law acquis sufficiently effective at allocating rights and obligations to the important parties of labour relations? And how can strategic litigation support the adaptation of the current legal framework to be more worker-centric?

Download HERE the programme. Please note that the event will be in-person only, and that a registration fee may apply (see below).  

On 21 October 2023, 10.00 – 12.30, the European Lawyers for Workers Network will be holding its annual meeting in the same venue. Conference participants are welcome to also take part in this meeting.


Conference organisers:

  • European Lawyers for Workers Network (ELW)
  • European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
  • European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH)
  • Vereinigung Demokratischer Juristinnen und Juristen e.V. (VDJ)

Supported by:

  • Hugo Sinzheimer Institut für Arbeitsrecht (HSI) of the Hans-Böckler Foundation (HBS)
  • Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (ver.di)


English, French, Italian, German, Spanish

Registration fee:

Registration fee for all participants: 140,-- € to be paid to the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights – ELDH/EJDM www.eldh.eu (with the exception of PhD candidates and students). After submitting this registration form you will receive a provisional confirmation. Hereafter you will receive an email by the ELDH with the details for the payment of the registration fee. Only after the payment of the registration fee you will receive the final confirmation for your participation at the conference. The fee includes participation at the conference, access to all available documents (speeches etc.), coffee, tea and cold drinks during the breaks and lunch. The fee has to be paid by transfer to the indicated bank account. Payment by credit cards is not possible.