ON TOUR 2018

Conference The Prospects for Social Europe

The Conference

Since 2015, the Common Market Law Review (CMLR) has been co-hosting and organizing an annual conference, under the title CML Rev on Tour, to encourage academic discussions on EU law topics throughout Europe. This
one-day conference entitled “The Prospects for Social Europe” brings together leading EU scholars to discuss various questions concerning the European Social Model and its future. The topics range from a critical appraisal of the European Social Pillar to reform of the posted workers directive and social security. The protection of social rights is also on the programme.

Venue Information

Friday 26th October 2018 (09.30-16.30)

Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw

Sala A3, Lipowa 4 (Collegium Iuridicum II)

List of speakers available here






The CMLR and the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw warmly invite participants from academia, legal practice and civic society, especially those interested in discussing the importance of the European Social Pillar in Europe’s continuing political and legal development.


09.30-10.15: Conference opening and welcomes
  • Professor Tomasz Giaro (Dean of Faculty of Law & Administration, University of Warsaw
  • Alison McDonnell (University of Leiden and CMLR Managing Editor) 
  • Professor Anna Zawidzka-Łojek (Chair of EU Law Dept, Faculty of Law & Administration, University of Warsaw)
10.15-10.30 Address by Dr Adam Bodnar (Human Right's Commissioner of Poland)
Since 2015, Dr Adam Bodnar has been the Polish Commissioner for Human Rights, the constitutional authority for legal control and protection. In his activities, the Commissioner is integral and independent from other state authorities.

10.30-12.00 Panel 1: The European Social Model and Social Mobility
Visions of Social Europe in EU law and policy – Claire Kilpatrick (European University Institute, Florence)

Reform of the posted workers directive – Professor Artur Nowak-Far (Warsaw School of Economics)

Social protection, integration and harmony – Dr Nicolas Rennuy (University of York) 

Chair: Professor Anna Zawidzka-Łojek (Chair of EU Law Dept, Faculty of Law & Administration, University of Warsaw)

12.00-12.15: Coffee Break
12.15-13.30: Panel 2: Social Rights

Impact of the the Charter on the social dimension of Union law – Dr. Zane Rasnača (European Trade Union Institute, Brussels)

The construction of and response to vulnerability under Union social law – Dr. Charlotte O’Brien (University of York)

Chair: Dr hab. Dobrochna Bach-Golecka (University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law & Administration)

13.30-14.30: Lunch is provided for all participants and audience
14.30-15.45: Panel 3: Social Responsibilities

Direct effect of fundamental freedoms – is there a new task for social partners? Dr Joanna Ryszka (University of Opole)

Agreements of European Social Partners as a tool to implement the EU Social Policy – Professor Dagmara Skupień (Łódź University)

Chair: Professor Marise Cremona (European University Institute, Florence)

16.00-17.00: Closing Panel

The conference speakers and members of the CMLR editorial board will bring together and reflect upon some of the themes running throughout the conference, including issues such as:

  • Impact of the European Social Pillar (e.g. equal opportunities, access to the labour market, fair working conditions, social protection and inclusion etc.)
  • Migration and welfare
  • Changes perceptions and realities regarding the nature of work and welfare
  • The potential impact of EU citizenship and the Charter

Chair: Alison McDonnell (University of Leiden and CMLR Managing Editor)

15.45-16.00: Coffee Break

Fill in the form to register for this event