A seminar on conflict resolution in the field of labour law in China and Germany

Event: Society and Politics

A seminar on conflict resolution in the field of labour law in China and Germany took place on December 1st, 2016 in Beijing. 

Chinese researchers as well as practical legal specialists met with two German experts on labour law and labour jurisdiction during the one-day seminar, which was organized by the Institute for Labour and Social Law of China University of Political Science and Law together with FES.

The two German experts were Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Däubler, who is Professor Emeritus for labour law at Bremen University, and Prof. Klaus Bepler, who is a former presiding judge at the Federal Labour Court. The Chinese participants were very interested in the theoretical and practical insights the two professors were able to provide.

The German labour court system and other aspects of conflict resolution, such as the social partnerships and its harmonizing effects founded in the balance of interests between entrepreneurs and workers, were studied closely and discussed during the seminar. Practical questions of Chinese and German conflict resolution as for example, the legitimacy of digital evidence in China, e.g. wechat, or trials at German labour courts with lay judges, were evaluated.

The experts discussed advantages, challenges as well as problems and possible solutions within both countries systems. Both sides concluded that there are many more aspects to the broad topic that should be compared and discussed in the future.

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