Initiative History of Labour Law
The Hugo Sinzheimer Institute (HSI) and the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPIeR) joined together in an initiative to promote the History of Labour Law. Their research focus as well as their spatial proximity in Frankfurt predestined the two institutions for such a joint initiative.
Labour law is composed by multiple normative layers, themselves a product of history and politics at multiple levels (federal – national and supranational – law, collective bargaining). As such it constitutes a prime object to study regulation beyond a monistic notion of the state. The initiative puts a focus on the jurisprudential issue of “private legislation and advanced governance”. This is bound to be an important contribution to the focus area “Multinormativity”.
The MPIeR is delighted to have such a strong collaborator and partner as the HSI. This collaboration facilitates the important knowledge transfer between foundational research on the History of law on the one hand and current law on the other hand. The HIS places itself explicitly in the tradition of its patron Hugo Sinzheimer. As labour law scholar he established ‘the normative function of collective labour agreements’. His ideas contributed substantially to rooting the concept of free collective bargaining in German constitutional law. In the spirit of this work, the institute supports research and labour and social law that is multidisciplinary from the outset, integrating aspects from sociology, political science, and international and comparative law.
Since 2015, the initiative has organised an annual conference. Additionally, a permanent working group was established that brings together basic legal researchers as well as practitioners of labour law and industrial relations. The working group supports the section of the journal 'Arbeit und Recht' concerning the history of labour law.