The Future of EU Labour Law: Insights from Christian Ethics

(2019) 108 Studies - an Irish Quarterly Review 458-468

7 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2020 Last revised: 29 Oct 2020

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Mark Bell

Trinity College Dublin; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Date Written: December 12, 2019

Abstract

This article explores the contribution that Christian Ethics can potentially make to debates on the future of EU labour law. It begins by reviewing the trajectory of EU labour law in recent years. There are tentative signs that the space for initiatives in this field has grown after a difficult period during the financial crisis. In considering debates on the future of work, it reflects on whether there is a role for insights derived from religiously-inspiring thinking. Notably, Article 17 TEU provides a framework for policy dialogue that includes the perspectives of religious organisations. Finally, the article examines what contribution might be made through an engagement with Christian Ethics. Drawing upon Catholic Social Teaching, it argues that there is the prospect of beneficial insights through such a dialogue. These can help illuminate neglected areas of EU labour law (such as the idea of a just wage) and they can aid in the application of timeless principles to new contexts (such as the right to rest and leisure).

Keywords: EU labour law, Christian ethics, Catholic Social Teaching

Suggested Citation

Bell, Mark, The Future of EU Labour Law: Insights from Christian Ethics (December 12, 2019). (2019) 108 Studies - an Irish Quarterly Review 458-468, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3502863

Mark Bell (Contact Author)

Trinity College Dublin ( email )

School of Law
College Green
Dublin, 2
Ireland

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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