Labour law in a changing world


Beryl ter Haar
University of Groningen


The world around us is changing rapidly due to digitalisation, robotisation, the green transition, growing scarcity of resources, and an increasingly individualised society at large. Many of these issues profoundly affect the world of work. Not surprisingly, a lot of attention is paid to each of these changes in the field of labour law and many others. In some fields, like socio-economics, new theories are proposed to deal with these changes. Like Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics and Mariana Muzzucato's Mission Economics. Anticipating the paradigm shifts these theories will create, prof. Beryl ter Haar's research will re-think, re-imagine, and re-shape labour law. As such her research will reconsider the basic values, purposes and functions of labour law, including established institutions such as the employment contract, the need for social security and social benefits and trade unionism. This is important since understanding where we are heading towards, will ensure the coherence and consistency of our labour law systems, enable us to make the transition, and find more sustainable labour law solutions for nowaday labour law problems.

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Illustratie voorkant: Susanne Vorstman
Auteursfoto: B.P. ter Haar

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December 6, 2022


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