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Young Scholars Society

yss 2017 presentingI was the recipient of the full ISLSSL scholarship to attend the ISLSSL 4th annual Seminar in Venice on International and Comparative Labour Law entitled Global Trade and Labour Rights.  The seminar was hosted by the Ca' Foscari University overlooking the beautiful Venice canals.  Varying topics related to global trade and labour rights from Brexit, US protectionism, free versus fair trade, the social clause and the place and level of responsibility of international organisations and multinationals were presented and debated.  The seminar boasted an esteemed panel of professors and doctors from a multitude of leading universities from the Unites States of America and countries across Europe.  This panel shared invaluable insight into a tumultuous and dynamic area of our law and highlighted the importance of basic labour rights as basic human rights which should concern, and deserve the attention of, all global trade stakeholders.  Attendees were provided with an opportunity to draw on the knowledge and experience of a diverse pool of colleagues in extensive daily debates with the oversight by members of the presenting panel.  The varying perspectives of attendees, who were drawn from the developed, developing and undeveloped parts of the world, was most prevalent in the presentations of papers by 23 young scholars (including myself) who delivered thought provoking presentations on the topical issues arising from the global trade and labour rights debate.
Attending the seminar was an incredible experience and I want to thank the ISLSSL for this opportunity to learn from and engage with international experts and colleagues.  I would also like to thank SASLAW, and in particular Clare Fincham, for encouraging SASLAW members to take advantage of this opportunity.





ELLYS, the European subsection of the ISLSSL Young Scholars Section, is launching a call for papers for the Young Scholars Session which will take place in Collegium Maximum of the Charles University during the afternoon of 20th September 2017, within the ISLSSL XII European Regional Congress (Prague, 20th – 22nd September), organized by the Czech Society for Labour Law and Social Security Law.

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The SASLAW Young Scholars Society welcomes members under the age of 30 to be part of this young and vibrant community. There is NO extra membership fee to join this Society. Events and Forums have been created especially for this category of membership


This document sets out to formalise the Young Scholars Society (YSS) of SASLAW. It has been agreed by the current committee that this name is to be used.  This is a more inclusive name to include members from the Bar associations, HR practitioners, public sector representatives and academics who are interested in the study and practice of labour law as a discipline.  There is an alignment with the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL) who refer to the Young Scholars Society.   


In keeping with the existing SASLAW logo comprising the four 'people', the committee wanted to ensure cohesion between this logo and the new Young Scholars Society logo by using the four people as a common element. They also wanted to convey the enthusiasm, energy and positivity of the youth by adding some movement to the logo. By keeping the basic shapes, but making them more fluid and organic and not so geometric, as well as changing the grouping to something less formal, the logo becomes more dynamic and representative of the Young Scholars.  Finally, by incorporating the colours of both the SASLAW and ISLSSL logos, the logos are able to work in harmony with each other.


The committee proposes that any person under the age of 30 may be eligible to be part of the YSS. The target market will include final year and master's degree students (in labour law and human resources management), candidate attorneys in employment law divisions, junior advocates and young members working in public sector and corporate fields.

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