Contact

Alice Neffe
Coordinator
Faculty of Law
P.O. Box 4
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
Visiting address: Yliopistonkatu 3, P456
+358 (0)2941 22858; +358 (0)503199620
alice.neffe@helsinki.fi

Welcome

The Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, hosts two research projects financed by the Academy of Finland and lead by Professor Ulla Liukkunen:


ILO Core Labour Standards Implementation in China: Legal Architecture and Cultural Logic


“Employee participation and collective bargaining in the era of globalization – Nordic and Chinese Perspectives”


The ILO Core Labour Standards Implementation in China: Legal Architecture and Cultural Logic project seeks to improve understanding of the structural forces that influence the implementation of the ILO core conventions in China. The project analyzes the local cultural logics that inform the implementation of core labour standards and maps the roles of different actors in this process. Existing and emerging practices that can play a positive role in enforcement of law are also identified. The objective of the project is to sketch a blueprint for a Chinese legal architecture that will be able to implement the ILO core labour standards effectively.

The “Employee participation and collective bargaining in the era of globalization – Nordic and Chinese Perspectives” project is being conducted in collaboration with The Institute of Law,  Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). The project examines workplace governance through collective bargaining and employee participation from a comparative perspective, and explores the legal framework and experience in collective bargaining and employee participation in Finland, the other Nordic countries, and China.

The research teams have adopted an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, drawing on subject areas and expertise both within and outside the law. In addition to the substantive conclusions of both projects, they will also enable a deeper understanding of the development of different labour law systems and their institutional components in China, and contribute to legal methodology and theory in the field. Lastly, the projects have the important effect of deepening the cooperation and collaboration between research institutions in Finland and China.  

 

Professor Ulla Liukkunen (University of Helsinki) and Assistant Professor Chen Yifeng (Peking University Law School) started a research project on “Transnational Labour Governance and Posted Workers” in the fall of 2016.

The economic globalization has made transnational movement of workers a growing phenomenon. Such a “delocalization” or “transnationality” of posted workers has brought much regulatory challenges for protection and enforcement of labour rights. The project offers a comparative study of the regulatory frameworks between China and EU on posted workers, and to certain extent, migrant workers. Through conceptualizing “transnationality”, the project aims to develop a general approach for possible transnational recognition and enforcement of labour rights.

 

Recent Publications

Ulla Liukkunen, Yifeng Chen (eds.), Fundamental Labour Rights in China – Legal Implementation and Cultural Logic, Springer, 2016. The publication is available to purchase on the publisher website.


Jürgen Basedow, Su Chen, Matteo Fornasier, Ulla Liukkunen (eds.), Employee Participation and Collective Bargaining in Europe and China, Mohr Siebeck, 2016. This publication is availableon the publisher website.


Roger Blanpain (general ed.), Ulla Liukkunen and Yifeng Chen (volume eds.), China and ILO fundamental principles and rights in work, 86 Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations, Kluwer, 2014 is available here.

Professor Liukkunen latest publication on employee participation: Yritystoiminnan muutokset ja yhteistoiminta. Tutkimus kansallisesta ja transnationaalista työoikeudesta (Forum Iuris  Helsingin yliopiston oikeustieteellinen tiedekunta, 2013) is available here

 

Other News

Professor Ulla Liukkunen gave a guest lecture at the University of Hamburg on 15 June 2016.

The research team welcome a new Doctoral Candidate Ms. Ekpemi EKhabafe.

Professor Liukkunen gave closing remarks together with Professor Jia Junling, the Mother of Chinese Labour Law in Beijing.

The research teams welcome new members! Post-Doctoral researcher Wei Qian and Post-Doctoral researcher Zhang Yihong

The seminar on "Employee Participation and Collective Bargainning in the Era of Globalization" deepened the cooperation among Chinese and European scholars

The research teams welcome new members! Post-Doctoral researcher Li Haiming and PhD Candidate Wu Yixuan