Labor Law and Free Trade in Allerhand Institute

Both the US and EU have concluded numerous free trade agreements with various countries around the globe, and currently are negotiating a free trade agreement with each other (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership -TTIP). The idea is that protectionism is generally harmful to the economy, even in highly developed countries, and free trade benefits the consumer and expands export markets.


At the same time, there are criticisms that countries with weak or unenforced labor laws enjoy a competitive advantage in such free trade arrangements.  Moreover, there is a legal, as well as a moral and ethical issue regarding the importation of products produced by child or slave labor. Taking to consideration the above the Allerhand Institute is pleased to invite for the lecture on the “Labor Law and Free Trade” presented by professor Charles Szymanski. The event will be held at the Allerhand Institute on the 22nd April at 5 o’clock.  This lecture provides an overview of international and national labor law responses to this problematic aspect of free trade, and their effectiveness.

Charles Szymanski is a professor of law at the Vytautas Magnus University School of Law in Kaunas, Lithuania.  He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Michigan State University College of Law and a visiting professor at the University of Luxembourg.  Professor Szymanski has a distinguished career as a labor attorney in the United States, working for national labor law firms in Michigan and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and serving as the Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Committee.  He represented the Postal Workers' Union in critical work safety litigation following the post- 911 anthrax attack in the U.S., and continues to maintain a "preeminent" AV attorney rating by the Martindale attorney rating service.  As an academic, Professor Szymanski has written numerous articles and regularly speaks at international conferences on the topics of international and comparative labor law and ADR.  He has also lectured on these subjects at various universities in Russia, Ukraine, Cyprus, Poland, Finland, Croatia, Israel, Italy and Slovakia.

Event is free of charge. Due to the limited places, please do register by sending email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 18th April.