Dr Rebecca ZAHN

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

My main research interests and specialisation lie in the fields of European Law and Labour Law (particularly European, national, and comparative labour law). I am particularly interested in the interaction between the EU and national level, and between different EU Member States' legal systems in the field of labour law. I am currently working on an historical labour law project which examines the interactions between exiled German trade unionists and British trade unions during World War Two. I have published widely in the field of (European) labour law including a monograph entitled New Labour Laws in Old Member States (CUP, 2017). The book was reviewed in the Industrial Law Journal (2018) 47:2 and (2018) 43(3) European Law Review where it was described as ‘socio-legal EU scholarship of the very best sort […] a rich and theoretically informed novel account of the law in practice; and inspiration for future legal developments. Beautifully produced and exquisitely written, it is a joy to read and a model for all to emulate.’ My contribution to the field of labour and employment relations research was acknowledged in 2018 when I was a runner up of the International Labor and Employment Relations Associations’ (ILERA) Luis Aparicio Prize for emerging scholars. I have also published doctrinal work on the contract of employment which was cited with approval in the Supreme Court decision Société Générale v Geys [2012] UKSC 63. I am currently (together with David Cabrelli) examining the relationship between domination-based conceptions of social justice and labour law. I am a case and comment editor for the Juridical Review (the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities) and an editor of Green's Employment Law Bulletin. I am on the management board of the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE) and am one of the lead academics in the Civil Society Brexit Project, funded by the Legal Education Foundat


Scottish legal education after Brexit
Da Lomba Sylvie, Fletcher Maria, Zahn Rebecca
Law Teacher (2019)
Civic republican political theory and labour law
Cabrelli David, Zahn Rebecca
Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law (2018) (2018)
The 'European Social Model' and the UK : from Europeanization to Anglicization
Zahn Rebecca
Historical Studies in Industrial Relations Vol 39, pp. 169-204 (2018)
Implications for equality, employment and Human Rights in Scotland
Busby Nicole, Zahn Rebecca
Bringing Human Rights Home? What's at Stake for Rights in the Incorporation of EU Law after Brexit (2018) (2018)
The impact of Brexit on employment law in Scotland
Zahn Rebecca
Edinburgh Law Review Vol 22, pp. 160-165 (2018)
Revision of the posted workers' directive : a europeanisation perspective
Zahn Rebecca
Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies Vol 19, pp. 187-201 (2017)

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Professional activities

Industrial Law Society Annual Conference
Invited speaker
R. Zahn, ‘After the referendum and before Brexit… Where now for workers’ rights in the EU?’, European Law Blog, 28 June 2016 available at http://europeanlawblog.eu/?p=3248.
Invited talk to the Creation of Reality Group on 'The Origins of Codetermination: Tracing the British Influence'
Shaping Future Directions in EU Labour Law
Labour Law Research Network Conference
London Labour Law Discussion Group
Invited speaker

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Civil Society and Brexit
Busby, Nicole (Principal Investigator) ZAHN, Rebecca (Principal Investigator)
This joint venture between Human Rights Consortium Scotland (HRCS; a network of Scottish civil society organisations) and Scottish Universities Legal Network for Europe (SULNE) will deliver a programme of events, trainings, briefings, and information alerts tailored to the needs of civil society organisations in Scotland.
By bringing together the civil society contacts, networking, capacity building and collaborative approach of HRCS, with the legal and educational expertise of SULNE and its capacity for knowledge generation, this project will empower the Scottish third sector to engage with the process of the “EU (Withdrawal) Bill” at Westminster and in Scotland and the wider Brexit discussions. The advice generated will be politically neutral and unbiased. Findings from the project will be used to inform published research output. Impact of the project and related output on participating civil society organisations and on the third sector generally will be mapped and recorded as the project progresses.
03-Jan-2017 - 28-Jan-2019

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