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First ILS Lunch Seminar of 2019 in hindsight

On Thursday 14 February, the first ILS Lunch Seminar of this year took place. Beryl ter Haar and Yannick van den Brink gave two very insightful presentations on their current and accomplished research.

Beryl ter Haar gave the first presentation on “The Prospect of a Transnational Labour Inspectorate System: Harnessing Public Institutions for Labour Law Enforcement”. All over the world, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a hot topic – but one that is hard. One of the main issues of CSR is the monitoring of compliance with CSR policies. It is monitored by private internal mechanisms and NGOs, but both do not seem to be completely up for the job. What is lacking is a publicly rooted monitoring body at transnational level. In 2013, Ter Haar together with Antonio García-Muñoz Alhambra and Attila Kun launched the idea for the introduction of a Transnational Labour Inspectorate (TLI), facilitated by the International Labour Organization (ILO). This TLI should exist as a complementary body to national labour inspectorates in order to monitor and control the CSR policies of multinational enterprises. This idea was received positively by the ILO, but there were still some issues to be addressed. In her very engaging presentation on their follow-up research, Ter Haar elaborated on some of these issues and how they could be solved in order to make the TLI a more feasable initiative to be embedded within the ILO.

The second presentation was given by Yannick van den Brinck on “Pre-Trial Detention Decision-Making in The Dutch Juvenile Justice System”. In his very interesting and extensive PhD thesis that he submitted around a year ago, van den Brinck found that pre-trial detention for juveniles in the Dutch criminal justice system may not always be in line with international standards. After pre-trial detention, juvenile suspects are statistically more likely to receive a custodial sentence, which could have implications for the presumption of innocence. He also found that positive advice from a child welfare agency has a significant impact on the outcome of the judges’ decision on conditional suspension of pre-trial detention. Furthermore, alternatives to pre-trial detention could also have very intrusive consequences. Efforts at both the international and national level are required to bring the use of pre-trial detention of juveniles in accordance with the children’s rights framework.

The next ILS Lunch Seminar will take place on Thursday 14 March 2019 from 12:00 – 13:00 hrs in KOG B0.13. This seminar will feature presentations from Esther van Ginneken and Nienke van Heek. There is no need to register and lunch is provided.
Can’t wait? Because of the annual ILS 2.0 PhD Day,  Prof. Susanne Schmidt from the University of Bremen will deliver a lecture on ‘Free movement in the EU and its discontents: the limits of judicializing social rights’ on Thursday 21 February 2019 in KOG A0.51 from 16:00-17:30 hrs. Afterwards, there will be a reception in the Global Lounge. More information can be found here.

Would you like to present yourself and your research? Do not hesitate to contact our ILS student assistant! More information on ILS 2.0 can be found on our website.

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