Université de Strasbourg

Exchanges on the book by Petros Stangos - The making of European social jurisprudence

May 14, 2024
From 17:00 until 19:00
Agora, Conseil de l'Europe, Strasbourg (FR)

During his Fellowship at USIAS, Professor Petros Stangos worked on a book project entitled ‘In the making of the European social jurisprudence - the 'collective complaints' decisions of the European Committee of Social Rights’. Emeritus Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Petros Stangos was able to draw upon his experience as vice-president of the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) and closely collaborate with the Council of Europe (CoE) during his Fellowship in Strasbourg. The Social Rights Department of the CoE is organising this event in collaboration with the University of Strasbourg to mark the launch of the book, providing an occasion to discuss this important topic.

The book

This volume gives the reader an insight into the organisation and operation of the ECSR by looking at the collective complaints procedure. Using the case law developed by the Committee, it examines the role reserved for national authorities in applying the Charter. It gives a comprehensive presentation of the main tools used by the Committee to interpret the Charter. It explores how the normative content of the social rights guaranteed by the Charter is enriched by introducing elements of human rights law, on the one hand, and European Union law, on the other.

The book is written for lawyers and judges who specialise in the protection of social rights as human rights, as well as for anyone wishing to study the European conventional regime for the protection of social rights in greater depth.

Extract from the preface: "Professor Petros Stangos' book undoubtedly makes a major contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the construct of jurisprudence of the European Committee of Social Rights, the body responsible for monitoring the implementation by the States Parties of the provisions of the Council of Europe's European Social Charter. It illustrates the European translation of the social rule of law and the path towards the democratisation of society proposed by this 'European Social Constitution', which now more than ever deserve to be taken seriously by governments that are still reluctant to do so, and to be more widely taught in all European universities and vigorously embraced by rights defenders."

Mélanie Schmitt, member of the Droit social team and director of UMR 7354 - DRES
Nicolas Moizard, member of the Droit social team at UMR 7354 DRES, director of the Maison interuniversitaire des sciences de l'Homme - Alsace (MISHA)

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