From 26–27th September 2019, the European Institute of Social Security (EISS) and the Chair of Prof. Dr. iur. Thomas Gächter as part of the University of Zurich (UZH) are hosting the annual international EISS conference.
Family structures in all industrial and post-industrial societies are changing rapidly, as is the economic security that is granted or can be granted within families. Social security systems are challenged to react to these changes, for they shape current developments and also set the course for the future.
This year’s EISS conference highlights current changes in family structures and discusses models to cope with these changes. How do benefit systems react to these new challenges? How can the reconciliation between work and family life be guaranteed? And how can cross-border constellations that affect families be managed? Questions like these will be examined from the perspective of social security in a comparative approach.
As a continuous effort of the EISS to grasp social security and tackle arising challenges from a comparative perspective, the conference is aimed at an international (European) public, gathering multiple nations and disciplines as well as experts and young academics within the field of social security, the latter of which will also be presenting current research results.
The conference takes place at the University of Zurich, Building RAA, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland, in the vicinity of the UZH’s main building and the ETH Zurich (Federal Institute of Technology).
Participants are welcome to take a look around the various buildings of the UZH, including its law faculty’s extensive library (see the gallery below for a taste of what awaits you!). The conference dinner on day 1 will be held in the heights of the UZH Tower, offering you – much like the popular Polyterrace nearby – a panorama of Zurich from high above its rooftops, including its old town and its very own mountain, the Uetliberg.
Why not use this opportunity to stroll about and explore Zurich at your leisure? Albeit small and cosy, it is a multi-faceted city with a lot to offer!
Everything you need to know at a glance.
26th September 2019, 13:00 –
27th September 2019, 14:30
University of Zurich, Building RAA, Auditorium, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland
EUR 300 per person (EUR 250 for EISS members) excl. VAT; registration deadline: 9th September 2019
coffee breaks, full-course dinner (day 1) and buffet lunch (day 2)
You can also download the conference programme as a PDF file.
Post-conference Update: The presentations of the speakers can now be downloaded.
|13:00 – 14:00||Registration and welcome coffee|
|14:00 – 14:15||
Opening and welcome
Prof. Dr. iur. utr. Brigitte Tag, University of Zurich
Dean of the Law Faculty Prof. Dr. iur. Franz Marhold, WU Vienna
President of the European Institute of Social Security
|14:15 – 14:30||
Changing family structures: setting the scene
A short introduction
Prof. Dr. iur. Thomas Gächter, University of Zurich
|14:30 – 15:15||
The redistribution functions of the family and their interrelation with social security
Ass. Prof. Wim Van Lancker, KU Leuven
|15:15 – 15:45||Coffee break|
|15:45 – 17:15||
Changing family structures and social security
A typology of family benefits schemes in Europe?
Prof. Dr. Danny Pieters, KU Leuven Family benefit schemes in evolution? A comparative overview
Mr. Terry Ward, MISSOC Secretariat, Brussels
|17:15 – 18:00||Musical surprise|
|09:00 – 10:30||
Changing family structures and social security (continued)
Changing family structures and impact on pensions
Prof. Dr. Ivana Vukorepa, University of Zagreb Combining work and family: from family benefits to services and parental leave?
Prof. Dr. Ann-Helén Bay, Oslo Metropolitan University
|10:30 – 11:00||Coffee break|
|11:00 – 11:45||
Changing family structures beyond national social security
Migration and family benefits beyond national boundaries
Prof. MR Dr. Bernhard Spiegel, Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection, Vienna
|11:45 – 12:45||
The importance of family care in times of changing social security law
Femke de Kievit, Utrecht University The new EU directive on work-life-balance: a redistribution of the risks associated to care-giving
Dr. Miguel de la Corte Rodríguez, Gender Equality Unit of the European Commission The (non-)existent parental leave in the Swiss social security system
Michael E. Meier, University of Zurich New family models and social security law: an overview on the Italian legal system
Dr. Giovanna Pistore, University of Padova
|12:45 – 13:00||
Prof. Dr. iur. Paul Schoukens, KU Leuven
|13:00 – 14:00||Buffet Lunch|
|14:00 – 14:30||EISS general assembly (EISS members)|
These esteemed speakers will be sharing their knowledge and insight with us.
Chair of Constitutional, Administrative and Social Security Law at the University of Zurich; visiting professor for Social Security and Health Law at the University of Lucerne
assistant professor in Social Work and Social Policy, Centre for Sociological Research, at the KU Leuven
Chair of Social Security Law and Chair of Comparative Law at the Law Faculty of the KU Leuven
director of the research consultancy Applica SPRL; head of the MISSOC (Mutual Information System on Social Protection) Secretariat
associate professor at the Department of Labour and Social Security Law at the University of Zagreb
dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Oslo Metropolitan University; director of the Institute for Social Research in Oslo and research director at the research institute NOVA
head of division at the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection of Vienna
professor of (Comparative, International and European) Social Security Law at the KU Leuven, head of the Department of Social Law; Chair of International and European Social Security Law at Tilburg University; secretary general of the EISS
The registration fee of EUR 300 per person (EUR 250 for members of the EISS), excluding 7.7% VAT, covers participation costs, coffee breaks, a full-course dinner on day 1 and a buffet lunch on day 2.
After receiving your registration form, we will send an invoice to the corresponding email address, to be paid via bank transfer within 30 days. Your attendance will be confirmed by email upon receiving your payment. As the conference is limited to 100 participants, we ask you to register by 9th September 2019 at the latest and to pay as soon as possible.
Registration is now closed.
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