Marc De Vos


1994 …2020

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Marc De Vos holds a Licentiate and Doctorate in Law (University of Ghent, 1993 and 2000), a Master in Social Law (Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1994), and a Master of Laws (Harvard University, 2000). His main areas of legal specialization, in which he has also practiced extensively, include Belgian and European employment and labour law (social law), EU institutional and constitutional law, non-discrimination and fundamental rights, and the rule of law. He is also widely read in economics, sociology, and political science. About these and related topics he has authored and co-authored over twenty books and over one hundred scientific articles. He frequently publishes, teaches, lectures and debates on issues of labour and employment law, European integration, globalisation, labour market reform, pensions, ageing, healthcare, the welfare state, inequality and economic growth, both nationally and internationally, and both in academic, professional and policy circles, as well as in the media.

Marc De Vos is currently professor of law and dean at the Macquarie School of Law (Sydney). He previously served as professor of law at the Ghent University Law School and at Curtin University Law School, as Director of LLM programmes and international relations at Ghent University Faculty of Law and Crimonology, and as foundational general director of the Itinera Institute, an independent policy research institute, based in Brussels.

Marc De Vos is a member of Belgium’s High Council for Employment, of the Board of Trustees of the European Law Academy (ERA), of the Scientific Committee of ADAPT, and of various academic boards and expert committees. The recipient of several academic and educational awards, he has served as a visiting professor at universities in Europe, the United States, Australia, and Asia. He frequently has held advisory positions in various public and private organizations.

Research interests

I have a broad and cross-disciplinary research interest around the world of work, including:

1. Labour and employment law

2. Labour market regulation and institutions

3. Technology and work - Work 4.0

4. Non-discrimination law

5. Labour migration

6. Globalization, free trade and labour standards

7. Human rights

8. Social protection and the welfare state

9. Economic inequality, inclusion and social mobility

10. EU law

Research student supervision

I accept research students in areas related to my research interests.

I welcome comparative law and interdisciplinary research proposals.

I invite applications on the following topics in particular:

1. Employment law, social dialogue, and the gig economy

2. Minimum wage, living wage, and inequality

3. Labour market institutions and the labour share

4. Gender pay gap

5. Gender diversity, quotas and company boards

6. Casual work and employment rights

7. Universal basic income

8. The role and protection of labour unions

9. Religion and the work place

10. Flexicurity

11. Wage and unemployment insurance

12. Globalisation adjusment and trade disruption insurance

I recommend to write me with a brief proposal. I am happy to provide feedback,


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