AIAS Lunch Seminar 23 February - Teun Jaspers - Utrecht University

Effective transnational collective bargaining. Binding transnational (company) agreements: a real and challenging perspective?

Day: Thursday 23 February
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 3rd floor, M building, Plantage Muidergracht 12, Amsterdam
Registration: Please send an email to register.
A sandwich will then be provided.



The presenter

Em. prof. mr. A.Ph.C.M. (Teun) Jaspers
Prof of Labour Law
Utrecht University
Website Prof. Jaspers

From 1979 to 2008 Teun Jaspers was Professor of Labour Law and as such associated with the Institute ‘ISEP’ (Utrecht University). Since October 2008 he is emeritus Professor of Labour Law with the Europa Institute. Until that date he was a board member of that Institute.

Teun Jaspers studied law at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He graduated in 1970 in the specialization Legal Theory. After graduating he held positions with the Raad van Beroep (Social Security Tribunal) and the Ambtenarengerecht (Civil Service Tribunal) in Arnhem. In 1980 he obtained his doctorate from the Radboud University Nijmegen with a dissertation called ‘Rechtspreken in de maatschappij. Een onderzoek naar opvattingen over plaats and functie van de rechtspraak in het Nederlandse economische, sociale en politieke bestel van het einde van de achttiende tot het begin van de twintigste eeuw’ (Administering Justice in Society. Investigating Opinions on the Position and the Function of the Administration of Justice in the Dutch Economic Social and Political Order from the End of the Eighteenth Century to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century). He was university lecturer and then senior lecturer Social Law at Utrecht University. In 1987 he presented his inaugural lecture on ‘Collective Bargaining. The Power in Legal Directions or the Law Banned by the Power’, in which, after an analysis of the developments in the Netherlands and the United States, he proposed an amendment of the system of collective bargaining.

At the end of the eighties and the beginning of the nineties he was Dean of the Law School of Utrecht University and subsequently managing director of the Research Institute NISER (Nederlands Instituut voor Sociaal en Economisch Recht) (Netherlands Institute for Social and Economic Law), later the Wiarda Institute. In 1993, together with social scientists, lawyers and economists, he stood at the cradle of the multidisciplinary School of Research Arbeid, Welzijn en Sociaal-Economisch Beleid (Labour, Wellbeing and Socio-economic Policy) of which he was Chairman of the Board until 2001. From 1987 to 1995 he was a Crown-appointed Member of the Committee Social Security of the SER (Socioeconomic Council) and participated in realizing the first large® changes in the Dutch system of social security. In 1990 (until 1996) he followed W. de Gaay Fortmann as a member of the Comité van Onafhankelijke Deskundigen van het Europees Sociaal Handvest van de Raad van Europa (Committee of Independent Experts of the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe) (now the European Committee of Social Rights), which supervises the observance of the European Social Charter by countries that are a member of the Social Council.

He is co-founder of the European Working Group of Labour Law, a collaboration unity of a number of European Professors of Labour Law from various Member States that carries out activities in the field of education and research. As part of the European Working Group of Labour Law and in collaboration with the Institut du Travail in Strasbourg (Labour Institute) he participates in an extensive research project (subsidized by the European Commission) that evaluates the Directory Posting of Workers. The project is multidisciplinary. In March 2010 in Strasbourg a large conference took take place. Jaspers participated in the writing of a report on the subject.

Furthermore together with Professor Frans Pennings he participates in a project (financed by the SER) on the 60th Anniversary of the SER (in 2010). This project is carried out in the framework of the Focus/Mass Programme Institutions. Next year a commemorative book will be published on the occasion of that anniversary. Professor Pennings and Professor Jaspers participate in the writing of this book.

He taught bachelor and master courses in the field of Dutch, European and international labour law. He also taught courses as part of the Master HRM of the School of Governance. Moreover he was visiting professor in, among others, Antwerp, Brussels, Cape Town and Bandung. He participated in a number of European projects, such as ‘Social Regulation of European Transnational Companies’, ‘Freedom of Association in the European Union and Candidate Countries’, Transnational Collective Bargaining’, ‘Transnational Collective Action’. Furthermore he was a member of the European Platform on Social Dialogue. He supervised approximately twenty doctoral candidates. Currently he supervises the dissertation research project ‘Workers’ Involvement in a Multinational Company on Transnational Issues in the EU’. He also has/had a number of positions with the MaGW of NWO (the NWO Division for the Social Sciences).

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