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Conference organised by: the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), the European Lawyers for Workers (ELW) Network and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), with the support of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH) 

The conference will take the form of a series of webinars live-streamed from the International Trade Union House in Brussels.

The idea behind the conference is to constructively engage with the issue of digitalisation and its disruptive effects on the world of work. 

Covid-19 has aggressively turned our lives upside down. It is too early to tell how deeply the pandemic is changing our society, but one thing appears clear: technology will play an ever more pervasive and essential role in our working and private lives. 
The programme brings together experts from different backgrounds (research, legal practice, trade unions and policymaking) to discuss possible avenues for a future where technological innovation and workers' rights can truly progress hand in hand.  

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Day 1 - Thursday 15 October 

Opening and welcome  

Nicola Countouris (ETUI Research Director) and Isabelle Schömann (ETUC Confederal Secretary) Opening statements  

Silvia Rainone (ETUI and ELW Network) Introduction to the programme  


Panel I - The disruptive effects  

Moderates: Aude Cefaliello (ETUI)  


Discussants: Agnieszka Piasna (ETUI); Teresa Coelho Moreira (University of Minho)


Panel II - Litigation strategies 

Moderates: Jan Buelens (ELW Network and Progress Lawyers Network)  


Discussants: Antonio Aloisi (IE Law School); Silvia Rainone (ETUI); Alberto Barrio (KU Leuven – Working, Yet Poor project) 


Day 2 - Friday 16 October 

Panel III - Trade unions and work council strategies 

Moderates: Silvia Rainone (ETUI)  


Discussants: Fotis Bregiannis (UCL); Kurt Vandaele (ETUI); 


Panel IV - Policy responses 

Moderates: Nicola Countouris (ETUI)  


Discussants: Isabelle Schömann (ETUC); Elena Gramano (Università Roma Tre)  


Concluding remarks 

Nicola Countouris (ETUI Research Director) and Thomas Schmidt (ELW Network and ELDH) 

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