Reflexive Labour Law in the World Society

Reflexive Labour Law in the World Society

Ralf Rogowski

Reflexive Labour Law in the World Society investigates trends in labour and employment law from the perspective of modern social systems theory. It uses Niklas Luhmann’s theory of the world society and Gunther Teubner’s reflexive law concept for an analysis of modern employment law and industrial relations. Areas investigated include: reflexive employment protection; the reflexive regulation and deregulation of labour market policies and labour law; reflexivity in labour and employment conflict resolution; reflexive coordination and implementation of EU social and employment law; and reflexive global labour law.

Chapter 10: Reflexive global labour law

Ralf Rogowski

Subjects: law - academic, european law, labour, employment law, law and society, social policy and sociology, labour policy


The final chapter discusses reflexive trends in global labour law. It begins with an assessment of international labour law and its response to globalisation. It will argue that international labour law as part of public international law is limited and does not cover all or even the most important aspects of the globalisation of labour law. From a reflexive labour law point of view, it is necessary to distinguish between international and global labour law. In discussing this distinction we can return to topics introduced in Chapter 1 on the world society context of labour law. The creation of labour law at the global level is no longer confined to the traditional legal sources of agreements between nation states which establish international labour law norms and legislative competences for international organisations. Labour law in the world society globalises worldwide and global labour law derives from a multiplicity of sources.

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