Laurent has a degree in law from the Free University of Brussels. He gained a doctorate at the University of Nantes after completing a thesis on the role of Community law in the harmonisation of occupational health legislation in Europe. He teaches occupational health law at the Free University of Brussels and the University Paris XIII. After spending eleven years working in Latin America and Italy, he joined the Institute in 1990 and was responsible for setting up the Trade Union Observatory for implementation of Community directives. He was director of the ETUI Working Conditions, Health and Safety Department from 2008 to 2013. At the international level, he is involved in the world campaign to eradicate asbestos and in the ‘Women, Health, Work’ network based on cooperation among women’s organisations, trade unions and the scientific community.
Areas of activity
Gender, occupational health and safety, working conditions, social inequalities