XVIII International Conference in Commemoration of Professor Marco Biagi

Beyond Employment: Protecting Autonomous Work

Il convegno in ricordo di Marco Biagi si svolgerà, per la prima volta, esclusivamente on-line, sulla piattaforma Blackboard Collaborate, e si articolerà in 10 workshop che affronteranno il tema delle tutele del lavoro autonomo. L’evento si terrà in lingua inglese.

Tra le novità, si annuncia la “Young scholars’ poster session”, un evento collaterale, in cui alcuni giovani ricercatori e ricercatrici presenteranno con l’ausilio di video-pillole le proprie idee e progetti di ricerca, trattando il tema del Lavoro e dell’Occupazione da differenti prospettive disciplinari.

  • Le presentazioni saranno effettuate online con l’ausilio di video-pillole, che saranno accessibili agli iscritti per tutta la durata della conferenza attraverso il canale YouTube della Fondazione Marco Biagi.
  • Di seguito potete trovare l’elenco dei/lle partecipanti alla “Young Scholars’ Poster Session”:
  • Algorithms, the new face of discrimination in the 4th industrial revolutionAndrea Franconi, Buenos Aires University, Argentina
  • Big Brother Bosses: Privacy at Work and the European Court of Human RightsAlan Eustace, Trinity College di Dublino, Irlanda
  • Impact of work flexibility on the identity of the individual both as a person and as a worker in the COVID-19 eraFilippo Damiani, Andrea Marchioni, Giorgio Mattei e Federica Pillo, Fondazione Marco Biagi, Italia
  • Collective bargaining and regulation of digital innovation: the role of continuous training on the job in countering technological unemployment Carlo Valenti, Università di Siena e Università di Verona, Italia
  • Towards the partecipated governance: a new opportunity for solidarity economy? Erika Forino, Università di Napoli Parthenope, Italia
  • Exploring the limits of religious-ethos employers with regard to their employeesEvelien Timbermont, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgio
  • Adapting labour law to complex organisational settings of the enterpriseGiovanni Gaudio, Università di Venezia Ca’ Foscari, Italia
  • The Covid-19 pandemic: a tragic opportunity to rediscover the smartworkingFilippo Ferrarini, Chiara Gaglione e Ilaria Purificato, Fondazione Marco Biagi, Italia
  • The quality of self-employment work in the digital platformsLaura Ionita, La Laguna University, Spagna
  • Equality in employment – mechanismsPiotr Sypecki, University of Lodz, Polonia


14.45 – 15.00
Welcome Address and Presentation of the Conference
TOMMASO FABBRI, Dean of the Marco Biagi Department of Economics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; Vice-president of the Academic Advisory Board, Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy

15.00 – 19.00 Workshops

(15.00 – 16.15)

15.00 – Chair: Luigi Enrico Golzio, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy


15.05 – From augmented powers to enhanced flexibility. The employment relationship as innovation facilitator – Antonio Aloisi, IE University, Madrid, Spain

15.15 – Employee and self-employed in real working life: Is there a real difference? – Daria Sarti, University of Florence, Italy; Teresina Torre, University of Genoa, Italy

15.25 – Blockchain: between autonomisation and automatisation, new challenges for labour law – Stefano Bini, University of Còrdoba, Spain

15.35 – The shape of hybrid jobs, Martina Gianecchini, University of Padua, Italy; Paolo Gubitta, University of Padua, Italy; Sara Dotto, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France

15.45 Discussant: Luigi Enrico Golzio, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy

15.55 Debate

(16.30 – 17.30)

16.30 Chair: Alan Neal, University of Warwick, United Kingdom; Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy


16.35 Subordination or subjection? A study about the dividing line between subordinate work and self-employment in six European legal systems – Pierluigi Digennaro, University of Milan, Italy

16.45 Autonomous employee and independent contractor: bifurcation point – Mikhail Kharitonov, St. Petersburg NRU HSE, Russia

16.55 Legal status of the self-employed – whether protection is needed? – Kinga Piwowarska, Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Kraków University, Poland

17.05 Discussant: Ralf Rogowski, University of Warwick, United Kingdom; Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy

17.15 Debate

(17.45 – 19.15)

17.45 Chair: Csilla Kollonay, Central Eastern European University, Hungary; Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy


17.50 Abandon hope all ye who (press) enter here. Collective rights of platform workers: an illusion or hope for new developments? – Joanna Unterschütz, University of Business and Administration, Gdynia, Poland

18.00 Collective Bargaining and Self- Employed Workers: Need for a Paradigm Shift – Silvia Rainone, European Trade Union Institute; KU Leuven, Belgium

18.10 Ride-Hailing Drivers as Autonomous Independent Contractors: “Let Them Bargain” – Ron Brown, University of Hawaii, USA

18.20 Autonomy and the need for more democracy in the word of work – Kurt Pärli, University of Basel, Switzerland

18.30 How much autonomy in autonomous work? Legal status and social protection of ‘freelancers’ in Poland, Kamila Naumowicz, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland

18.40 Discussant: Susan Bisom-Rapp, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego (USA); Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy

18.50 Debate


15.00 – 19.00 Workshops

(15.00 – 16.00)

15.00 Chair: Manfred Weiss, J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany; Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy


15.05 Vulnerable transportation network company drivers in South Africa: a social protection response –  Avinash Govindjee, Executive Dean, Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

15.15 Social and labour protection for workers outside the traditional employment contract. A Swedish example – Annamaria Westregård, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Sweden

15.25 Social protection for workers beyond the employment relationship in the informal economy in the global south: recent developments – Marius Olivier, Adjunct-Professor: School of Law, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia; Extraordinary Professor: Faculty of Law, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

15.35 Discussant: Manfred Weiss, J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany; Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy

15.45 Debate

(16.15 – 17.45)

16.15 Chair: Edoardo Ales, Parthenope University of Naples, Italy


16.20 The new working (poor) class? Self-employment and in-work poverty in the EU: a supranational regulatory strategy – Veronica Papa, University of Catania, Italy

16.30 Social Protection of Platform Workers: National and European Approaches – Olga Chesalina, Max-Planck-Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich, Germany

16.40 Flying to Neverland: where flexible social protection supports self-employment – Maria Cristina Degoli, UCLouvain, Belgium

16.50 Social security for self-employed workers: between Universalism and Selectivity – Leonardo Battista, University of Bologna, Italy

17.00 Discussant: Edoardo Ales, Parthenope University of Naples, Italy

17.10 Debate

(18.00 – 19.00)

18.00 Chair: Tindara Addabbo, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy


18.05 Autonomous Workers and the Responses of Social Protection Systems to Overcome Transitions – Chiara Garbuio, Cà Foscari University of Venice, Italy

18.15 Economic Dependency and Contractual Imbalance of Self-Employed Workers in the Italian Legal Framework – Caterina Mazzanti, University of Udine, Italy

18.25 Self-employment and social security in the Italian system: how to change course? – Giovanna Pistore, University of Florence, Italy

18.35 Discussant: Tindara Addabbo, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy

18.45 Debate


15.00 – 18.45 Workshops

(15.00 – 16.00)

15.00 Chair: Andreas Inghammar, Department of Business Law – School of Economics and, Management, Lund University, Sweden


15.05 The future of labour law: how should we distribute labour protections in the digital market? – Federico Fusco, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University Al Khobar – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

15.15 Prefiguring the Platform: FedEx’s long Experimentation with the Legal Distinction between Independent Contracting and Employment- Julia Tomassetti, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China

15.25 Platform work and the human right to collective bargaining: Moving away from the classical dichotomy between employment and self-employment  – Harry Stylogiannis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

15.35 Discussant: Andreas Inghammar, Department of Business Law – School of Economics and, Management, Lund University, Sweden 15.45 Debate

15.45 Debate

(16.15 – 17.15)

16.15 Chair: Frank Hendrickx, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy


16.20 In-subordination in academia. One goal, different models – Izabela Florczak, University of Lodz, Poland

16.30 Performance management imperative v operational autonomy in academia. Quo vadis Academia Europea? – Marta Otto, University of Lodz, Poland

16.40 The embedded nature of IT in the workplace: A Ph.D. in online platforms – David Mangan, Maynooth University, Ireland

16.50 Discussant: Natalie Videbæk Munkholm, Aarhus University, Denmark

17.00 Debate

(17.30 – 18.45)

17.30 Chair: Janice Bellace, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA; Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy; President of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law


17.35 Beryl ter Haar, Faculty of Law and Administration University of Warsaw, Poland

17.45 Edoardo Ales, Parthenope University of Naples, Italy

17.55 Filip Dorssemont, UC Louvain, Belgium

18.05 Nikita Lyutov, Kutafin Moscow State University, Russia

18.15 Discussant: Manfred Weiss, J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany; Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy

18.25 Debate


15.00 – 16.30 Workshop

(15.00 – 16.30)

15.00 Chair: Yasuo Suwa, Hosei University of Tokyo, Japan; Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy


15.05 Protecting Autonomous Work in Specific Sectors: The Case of Italian Lawyers – Gionata Cavallini, University of Milan, Bar of Milan, Italy

15.15 Income protection in the framework of liberal professions: a pathway for harmonised conditions in a common market? – Matteo Avogaro, ESADE Institute for Labour Studies, Spain

15.25 New criteria against old autonomy: the measurement and implementation of NPM standards in the Criminal Italian judiciary – Francesca Amendola, University of Salerno, Italy

15.35 Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Bogus Autonomous Work – Merle Erikson, University of Tartu, Estonia

15.45 Entrepreneurialism in the Age of Workplace Enforcement – Stephen Lee, University of California, Irvine School of Law, USA

15.55 Discussant: Riccardo Salomone, University of Trento; Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy

16.10 Debate

16.45 – 18.00 Sessione conclusiva

Closing session

16.45 Chair: Francesco Basenghi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy

16.50 Ylenia Curzi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
17.10 Manos Matsaganis, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
17.30 Adalberto Perulli, Cà Foscari University of Venice

Conclusive remarks
TIZIANO TREU – President of the National Council for Economics and Labour; Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy

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La partecipazione al Convegno in ricordo di Marco Biagi è gratuita e aperta a tutti, previa iscrizione tramite modulo online. Seguirà e-mail con il link di accesso all’aula virtuale alcuni giorni prima dell’evento.

Comitato scientifico: Prof.ssa Tindara Addabbo (Unimore), Prof. Edoardo Ales (Università di Napoli Parthenope), Prof.ssa Ylenia Curzi (Unimore), Prof. Tommaso Fabbri (Unimore), Dott.ssa Olga Rymkevich (Fondazione Marco Biagi), Prof. Riccardo Salomone (University di Trento), Dott. Iacopo Senatori (Unimore)

Comitato organizzatore: Dott.ssa Carlotta Serra (Fondazione Marco Biagi), Prof. William Bromwich (Unimore), Dott.ssa Arianna Di Iorio (Fondazione Marco Biagi), Dott. Filippo Damiani (Unimore-Fondazione Marco Biagi), Dott.ssa Chiara Gaglione (Unimore-Fondazione Marco Biagi), Dott. Andrea Marchioni (Unimore-Fondazione Marco Biagi), Dott.ssa Daniela Pennetta (Unimore-Fondazione Marco Biagi), Dott.ssa Federica Palmirotta (Unimore-Fondazione Marco Biagi), Dott.ssa Federica Pillo (Unimore-Fondazione Marco Biagi), Dott.ssa Ilaria Purificato (Unimore-Fondazione Marco Biagi)

Luogo: Online
Scadenza iscrizioni: 19 Marzo 2021 - 13:00

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