Lincoln Law School International and European Law Research Seminar – 6 November 2013
Professor Jeff Kenner, Professor of European Law, University of Nottingham – ‘Shaping the Social Dimension of Globalisation? An Analysis of the Strategic Partnership between the EU and the ILO’
The presentation explored the roles played by the EU and the ILO in forging a strategic partnership to advance the social dimension of globalisation. The EU and the ILO have worked in close cooperation from the formation of the Community with both actors benefiting from the cross-fertilisation of policies and methods for the adoption, observance and enforcement of transnational labour standards and, latterly, the promotion of fundamental social rights.
Professor Kenner identified and examined three phases of the strategic partnership between the EU and the ILO. The paper concluded with a focus on the further evolution of the EU/ILO relationship as a force for the advancement of the social dimension of globalisation and questioned the extent to which it is possible, or desirable, for the EU to ‘shape’ globalisation by protecting its social model internally and promoting ILO standards externally.
Jeff Kenner is Professor of European Law in the School of Law, University of Nottingham. He is a legal expert of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the European Commission. He is also project leader for the HRLC team on FRAME (Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies), a large-scale and collaborative research project involving 19 research centres from around the world under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme.