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Ingrid Leijten participates in international expert workshop ‘Specifiying and Securing a Social Minimum’

On 29 and 30 June, Ingrid Leijten participated in an international workshop held at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISJ) in Oñati, Spain.

The workshop focused on ‘Specifying and Securing a Social Minimum’ and brought together 22 international academic experts from the fields of public law and legal theory, human rights, and social policy. The aim of the interdisciplinary workshop was an in-depth discussion on how to define and guarantee a social minimum. This led to debates on the methods used for determining a social minimum, on whether this minimum should be protected as an individual right, on the role of courts in securing a social minimum, and on the broader aims of social policy and social rights in today’s complex society.

All participants had written short papers that were presented by commentators who started off the subsequent discussions. Ingrid’s paper concerned the indivisible protection of a social minimum and the role of procedural review in this regard. After two intensive workshop days, the organizers lauded the high quality of the discussion and the participants left with fresh inspiration and plans for future collaboration.

The IISJ organizes and annual workshop competition that is open to applications for workshops that contribute to the sociology of law. It offers an inspiring working environment in het medieval town of Oñati, as well as possibilities for publication of the workshop papers.

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