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Regulating the Future of Human Work: a Christian Ethics Perspective


About the course

Date of Event: Friday, 4 October 2019
Time: 9.00 am - 15.40 pm
Venue: TRiSS Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Sutherland Centre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin


Changes in the economy, society and technology are provoking widespread reflection on the future of work. Issues under discussion include the impact of automation on jobs that currently exist, as well as the nature of new jobs that are emerging in the gig economy. These modern debates combine with longer-standing concerns about the weakening of the collective power of workers and the growth of precarious forms of employment.

This workshop explores the contribution that faith-based perspectives could bring to debates on how to regulate the changing labour market. To pursue this investigation, it takes Christian ethics as a case study, while nevertheless fully acknowledging that other religions also bring a vital contribution to this domain. In particular, Catholic Social Teaching has exercised considerable influence on the history of labour law and industrial relations, with its emphasis on securing human dignity and just treatment for workers, as well as supporting the collective organisation of workers.

By bringing together scholars of law and theology, as well as faith-based activists, the workshop provides an opportunity to shine fresh light on Christian ethics and the perspectives that it offers on labour market regulation.

Programme

9.00 - 9.15 Registration
9.15 - 9.30 Welcome
Professor Mark Bell,
Regius Professor of Laws, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin
Opening Remarks
Mairead McGuinness MEP,
Vice-President of the European Parliament
video message to participants
9.30 - 11.00 Session 1: Theological Perspectives
Chair: Professor Linda Hogan,
Professor of Ecumenics, School of Religion, Trinity College Dublin
Just Work? Catholic and Feminist Perspectives on Labor and Livelihood
Professor Christine Firer Hinze
Professor of Theology and Director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, Fordham University

The Gift of Work? - New Horizons in Catholic Social Teaching and Labour
Dr. Kevin Hargaden
Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

Making a Virtue out of Vice: The Noonday Devil and the Gig Economy
Professor Cathleen Kaveny
Darald and Juliet Libby Professor, Law School and Theology Department, Boston College

11.00 - 11.30 Tea and Coffee Break
11.30 - 13.00 Session 2: Christian Ethics, Work and Labour Law - Chair: Professor Lucy Vickers, Professor of Law, School of Law, Oxford Brookes University
Digitalization as a Challenge for the Perspective of Christian Social Ethics of Work
Professor Ursula Nothelle-Wildfe
Theology Faculty, University of Frieburg

Don't Mention It: The Unacknowledged Tie between Religion and Labor Law
Professor Thomas C. Köhler
Concurrent Professor of Law and Philosophy, Boston College Law School

Catholic Social Teaching and Freedom of Association in Ireland
Professor Gerry Whyte
School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Session 3: Future Perspectives
Chair: Professor Gerry Whyte,
School of Law, Trinity College Dublin
Precarious work leads to precarious lives: policy changes needed to give workers more security in Ireland
Dr. Sinéad Pembroke
Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

Justice, Dignity, and Reward: Nurturing Relationships in the Gig Economy
Calum Samuelson MPhil
Pastor at Timberlake Church (Seattle); Associate Staff member at Jubilee Centre (Cambridge)

The Future of Work in the light of Laudato Sí
Dr. Martin Maier SJ
Secretary for European Affairs, Jesuit European Social Centre, Brussels

The Future of EU Labour Law: Insights from Christian Ethics
Professor Mark Bell
Regius Professor of Laws, Trinity College Dublin

15.30 - 15.40 Closing Remarks
David Begg
,Adjunct Professor, Maynooth University Institute for Social Sciences

The right to substitute lecturers/lectures is reserved.

Chairs and Speakers

David Begg, Adjunct Professor, Maynooth University Institute for Social Sciences.

Professor Mark Bell, Regius Professor of Laws, Trinity College Dublin.

Dr. Kevin Hargaden, Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice.

Professor Christine Firer Hinze Professor of Theology and Director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, Fordham University.

Professor Linda Hogan, Professor of Ecumenics, School of Religon, Trinity College Dublin.

Professor Cathleen Kaveny, Darald and Juliet Libby Professor, Law School and Theology Department, Boston College.

Professor Thomas C. Köhler, Concurrent Professor of Law and Philosophy, Boston College Law School.

Mairead McGuinness MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament.

Dr. Martin Maier SJ, Secretary for European Affairs, Jesuit European Social Centre, Brussels.

Professor Ursula Nothelle-Wildfe, Theology Faculty, University of Frieburg.

Dr. Sinéad Pembroke Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.

Calum Samuelson MPhil,Pastor at Timberlake Church (Seattle), Associate Staff member at Jubilee Centre (Cambridge).

Professor Gerry Whyte, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin.

Lucy Vickers, Professor of Law, School of Law, Oxford Brookes University.


The right to substitute lecturers/lectures is reserved.

Reservations and Fees

    Fees: €35 per person.


    The fee is inclusive of tea/coffee and lunch breaks.

    Reservations:

    Please note places are limited, early booking is advisable.

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