News from the IAAEU



  • Position as Ph.D Student
    The Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU) at Trier University invites applications for a Ph.D Student position (March 2017 or earlier): more information can be found

  • Workshop on Labour Economics at the IAAEU
    The Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU) and the Chair of Personnel Economics at Trier University are pleased to announce a workshop on "Labour Economics" on the 21st and 22nd of April 2017. Researchers are cordially invited to submit their theoretical and / or empirical papers until Sunday, the 29th of January 2017. Further information as well as the Call for Papers can be found here.

  • IAAEU and HSI host a conference
    In cooperation with the Hugo Sinzheimer Institut Frankfurt, the IAAEU hosts a conference on Friday, the 22nd of September 2017 entitled "Social Pillar - Social Europe - International Labour law as a stimulus for better social integration - aspirations and reality". Further information can be found here.


Prizes, Distinctions & News

  • Lars Hornuf at G20 Conference
    At the invitation of the German Federal Bank, representatives of the G20, the private sector as well as scientific experts from different universities discussed on digitization opportunities in the financial sector on the 25th of January. Prof. Dr. Lars Hornuf insisted on the importance of further research on finance technology to determine the utitlity as well as possible risks of the digitization processes. The empirical results can offer implications, how the real economy can benefit from these innovative markets. Further information can be found here.

  • Current Study on FinTech Markets

    In a recently conducted empirical study, Prof. Dr. Gregor Dorfleitner and Prof. Dr. Lars Hornuf (IAAEU and Trier University) investigated the market volumes of German FinTech companies between 2007 and 2015. The objective of the data collection is to predict the market development of eight FinTech-segments until the year of 2035. Further information can be found here.

  • Dr. Thomas Klein at the Federal Committee on Labour and Social Affairs

    On the 23rd of January 2017, a public hearing concerning a draft law of CDU/CSU and SPD group members on social security schemes in the construction sector (Sozialkassenverfahrensicherungsgesetz – SokaSiG – BT-Drs. 18/10631) took place in the Committee on Labour and Social Affairs of the German Bundestag. A total of 12 experts, including representatives from employers’ associations, trade unions and individual experts of the scientific community were consulted. Dr. Thomas Klein (research associate at the IAAU) participated as an expert on questions of constitutionality and the design of the draft law. A written statement by Dr. Klein, which has been submitted in advance of the hearing, can be consulted on the website of the German Bundestag. Furthermore, the journal Arbeit und Recht (AuR No. 2/2017) will publish an article of Dr. Klein on social security schemes in the construction sector.

  • Labour and Personnel Economics in the Greater Region

    On December 8, about 20 reserachers from France, Germany and Luxembourg assembled at the IAAEU. The aim  of the meeting was to explore possibilities for a future, more intensified co-operation in the area of Labour and Personnel Economics among institutions located in the Greater Region. Participants from Kaiserslautern, Lorraine, Luxembourg,  Strassbourg and Trier took part in the small conference. In the morning, five papers were presented, dealing with wage cost subsidies, moral hazard in labour relationships, expatriate workers, unemployment insurance and consequences of commuting to work. In the afternoon, future projects were discussed. In was agreed that a further conference will take place next year. For more detailed information, please contact Mr. Laszlo Goerke.

  • International Workshop "International Trade & Labour Markets"

    Which impact does the increasing interdependence of commodities and capital markets have on local labour markets? This question is not only the focus of many public and public debates, but also a major focus of economic research. In order to analyze this aspect, the IAAEU and the Chair for International Economic Policy (Trier University) hosted a workshop on "International Trade & Labour Markets" on the 25th and 26th of November 2016. Numerous researchers from different European universities (f.e. France and Luxembourg) presented their papers, thus providing the foundation for scientific exchange and cooperation in the future. For example, the participants discussed the effects of the eastward enlargement of the European Union on employment in Germany and how the "Brain Drain" affects welfare in the sender and recipient countries. Further information can be found here. Mr. Marco de Pinto (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will be pleased to answer further questions.

  • The collective bargaining and strike right for civil servants in privatized companies
    On November 8, 2016, Thomas Klein, a research associate at the IAAEU, successfully passed his rigorum. He was examined under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Alexander Proelß (Public Law) by Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Monika Schlachter in civil law and Prof. Dr. Franz Dorn in the legal history. The dissertation of Mr. Klein, entitled "Das Kollektivvertrags- und Streikrecht für Beamte in privatisierten Unternehmen, am Beispiel der Postnachfolgeunternehmen", is expected to be published by Nomos Verlag in early 2017.


Prof. Dr. Schlachter, Thomas Klein, Prof. Dr. Proelß, Prof. Dr. Dorn

  • Thomas Klein and Dominik Leist on the Compatibility of German Corporate Co-Determination and European Union Law

    After a submission by the Court of Appeals in Berlin, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will make a decision on the compatibility of German corporate co-determination with European Union law. The motivation for the submission was the electoral rules of German co-determination laws. According to these rules, only the domestically employed have both the active and passive right to vote for the supervisory board. Critics have expressed doubt in the jurisprudential literature about the legitimacy of this rule under European law. Thomas Klein (IAAEU) and Dominik Leist (Trier University) have, in keeping with the submission to the ECJ, investigated the legal situation and have come to the conclusion that neither the anti-discrimination clause from Article 18 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) nor the guarantee of free movement of workers under Article 45 of the TFEU conflict with German labour law. Their work can be read in German at the Zeitschrift für europäisches Sozial- und Arbeitsrecht (ZESAR) and has already been noticed and commented upon in the Böckler-Impuls 16/2016.

  • International Workshop "Subjective Survey Data in Labour Market Research" on the 7th and 8th of October 2016
    The traditional autumn workshop from the economics group at the IAAEU, which has been luring researchers from all over the world each year with new thematic focal points, was back this October. The focus this year was the use of subjective data for labour market analysis and other related fields of inquiry. The large number of participants, more than 40 this year, showed how this topic could excite the research community. In addition to researchers from across Europe, guests travelled from as far away as the United States of America and India to discuss the use of subjective data at the IAAEU. One highlight was the keynote lecture from labour market researcher Andrew E. Clark (Paris School of Economics - CNRS), one of the most well-known names in the field. In his entertaining lecture, he gave an overview of the research area and presented results from his study titled „Looking for labour market rents with subjective data“. Conchita D’Ambrosio (University of Luxemburg) gave the closing lecture of the conference on the effects of familial and financial difficulties on the development of children. The autumn workshop offered diverse and exciting possibilities for discussion with a total of 25 presented research papers and a poster session. The research being conducted at the IAAEU was also in the spotlight with several new research projects among the presentations. Educational research, research on the role of unions and methodological questions about the use of subjective data were all topics at this year’s workshop.


workshop impressions

Participants of the Workshop, Andrew E. Clark, Conchita D’Ambrosio

  • Interdisciplinary workshop at the IAAEU
    On Tuesday, the 10th of May 2016, the legal and the economic team organized an interdisciplinary workshop in the Max Weber-Room of the Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union. The directors of the institute, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Schlachter and Prof. Dr. Goerke as well as the scientific staff of the two teams participated in the session. The workshop was opened with a lecture by Natalia Hebold in which she presented her dissertation project „Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten des Betriebsrates bei der zeitlichen und örtlichen Entgrenzung der Arbeit durch den Einsatz moderner Informationstechnologien“. Following Ms. Hebold, Dr. Adrian Chadi presented a scientific study entitled "Smartphone ban at the workplace: economic and legal perspectives", in which the performance of subjects was studied in the ban on the use of the private phones in the workplace. In the second part of the workshop Anna Donner gave a lecture about her doctoral thesis "The health requirement as a requirement for the civil service". The workshop was completed by Jun. Prof. Dr. Lars Hornuf with a presentation on "The Economic Impact of Forming a Societas Europaea." This interdisciplinary event offered the participants the opportunity to share their respective research projects and jointly discuss the work.

  Dr. Adrian Chadi and the participants of the workshop

  • Campus Dialogue Research: "The ABC’s of the Institute"
    Trier University has been producing ‚Campus Dialogue Research’ since 2014 to inform and excite the public about ongoing research conducted by the faculty. This year, the focus has been put on individual research institutions belonging to the University and The Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU) used this chance to present itself to a wider audience. Prof. Dr. Laszlo Goerke, Director of Economic Sciences at the IAAEU, held a talk titled "Institute in Dialogue" in which he first cast light on the structure of the IAAEU, the wide range of work produced there and the excellent engagement in research at the institute. The excellence of the research was underscored by the number of projects which are integrated in an interdisciplinary and international context. The diversity of the research at the IAAEU was also made apparent to visitors of this year’s Campus Dialogue through the "Marketplace of Ideas", where researchers from the institute presented exemplary new research projects with a wide variety of posters. Maike Weber presented a project which, under special consideration of the Swedish and Finnish legal situation, analyzed instruments for the improvement of employment chances for pensioners. Olga Lorenz showed empirical research investigating the effects of commuter mobility on body weight and health behavior. Lars Hornuf was introduced as new Junior Professor for the Economic Analysis of Law and shared his work on Crowd-working and Crowd-sourced Innovation. The relaxed atmosphere at this audience friendly research forum was an excellent opportunity for the IAAEU to introduce itself and come together with the community in an exciting dialogue.
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Talk "Institute in Dialogue"   Lars Hornuf at the "Market Place"


  • ANR-DFG-Project - The causes and consequences of spatial differences in labour market outcomes across cities in France and Germany
    Together with researchers from the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim (ZEW), from the University of Münster and the Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Dr. Marco de Pinto (IAAEU & Trier University) was able to obtain third-party funding for the above named project. This project explores the causes and effects of the disparities between local labour markets in France and in Germany. On the one hand, the project will investigate why there are significant regional differences respective wage, firm productivity, labour or even cost of living. On the other hand, the reallocation of labour within specific regions will also be analysed, specifically as it is increasingly influenced by international integration. The findings have the potential to show which economic policy reactions will be of greatest benefit for the sometimes considerably different local labour markets. The analysis will take place within a theoretically founded empirical research framework based on French and German administrative microdata (DADs and LIAB). The research project is funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche). Funding of up to 300,000€ over 36 months has been allocated for this project.

  • Conference "European Union and the Council of Europe – Interrelation on Fundamental (Social) Rights" in the event series "International Labour Standards"

    On Wednesday the 25th of November, the Hugo Sinzheimer Institute (HSI) together with the Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU) kicked off their conference "European Union and the Council of Europe – Interrelation on Fundamental (Social) Rights" in the IG Bau building in Frankfurt am Main. This conference was the start of a new series of events titled "International Labour Standards." Events in the series will be held every two years, moving back and forth between HSI in Frankfurt am Main and the IAAEU in Trier. After introductory words from Dr. Johannes Heuschmid (Deputy Director of the HSI) Prof. Jochen Abr. Frowein (Max-Planck-Institute Foreign Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg and former Vice-President of the European Commission on Human Rights) opened the event with a lecture on the developments in and background of European fundamental social rights. Following that, François Biltgen (Judge at the European Court of Law) and Prof. Monika Schlachter (Director of the IAAEU und Professor at the University of Trier) illuminated the current influence of instruments stemming from the European Council on fundamental social rights in the EU from the perspectives of the European Court of Law and academia. The second thematic block was dedicated to the accession process of the EU and the instruments available to the European Council when confronted with a negative assessment of an accession application by the European Court of Law. On that topic, Dr. Dieter Kraus (Speaker in the Cabinet of the President of the Chamber in the European Court of Law) presented the most significant points of criticism from the European Court of Justice’s assessment. Following that, Prof. Jörg Polakiewicz (Director of the Department for Law and International Law for the European Council and Professor at the University of Saarland) spoke about the accession process from the perspective of the European Council. Prof. Olivier de Schutter (Professor at the Catholic Universtiy Loewen, Belgium and the College of Europe, Poland) ended the conference with a presentation over the possibility of a European Union entry into the revised European Social Charter. Guests included around 100 researchers from several EU member states, who were all invited to participate in post-lecture discussions moderated by Prof. Manfred Weiss (Professor at the Goethe-University Frankfurt and Chair of the HSI advisory board). A conference report will be published in the journal Arbeit und Recht (AuR).