Beryl ter Haar wins Marco Biagi Award 2011

Beryl ter Haar has received the 2011 Marco Biagi Award for the paper “Soft on the Inside; Hard for the Outside. An analysis of the Legal Nature of New Forms of International Labour Law”.


She co-authored this paper with Attila Kun, who is associate professor on labour law and social security law at the Károli Gáspár University in Hungary and Antonio García-Muñoz Alhambra who is assistant professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain.

Marco Biagi Award

The Marco Biagi Award was initiated for the first time in 2009 by the International Association of Labour Law Journals in remembrance of the murdered Italian labour lawyer Marco Biagi. Based on a call for papers on the broad subject of labour law, an academic jury selects the best paper. This years’ jury, composed of professors Manfred Weiss (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt), Matthew Finkin (University of Illinois) and Gian Guido Balandi (University of Ferrara and President of the IALLJ), decided to grant the award to the above mentioned paper. In their announcement the jury wrote:


“A very well-written, documented and structured analysis of the lawfulness, substance and structure of international labour law, codes of conduct and international framework agreements. Their legal structure is taken into consideration with accuracy and references to a wide literature; the outcome is a clear and comprehensive representation of the role these instruments can play in international industrial relations even if it is completely lacking any empirical component. The authors' conclusion that the parties lack formal competence may be misleading. It might have been better to say that they lack the capacity to enter upon a legally binding instrument. The paper shows that the difference between hard and soft law is by no means black and white, but much more complex. And it also shows that in comparison IFA are much more effective than COC.”

The article will be published in English in the next issue of the International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations and in Spanish in Temas Laborales.

Last Modified: 06-10-2011