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On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we warmly welcome you to the fifth LLRN conference that will be held in Warsaw, Poland on June 27-29, 2021. The University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration will host the conference, co-organized in conjunction with the University of Lodz.

The year 2021 is very special to Labour Law Research Network (LLRN).  This is the 10th anniversary of LLRN, and so the conference also provides us with the opportunity to celebrate the 10th year of the founding of LLRN. Established in 2011, LLRN gathers now 74 labour law research institutions from all over the world. Over the last 10 years, LLRN institutional members have made tremendous contributions in research, teaching, and practice, resulting in enhancing understanding of current thinking in labour law.

One of the objectives of the LLRN is to hold biennial international conferences focusing on academic topics on labour law (broadly conceived), including the presentation and discussion of original papers and to allow cutting-edge topics to surface from the participating scholars. The first four such conferences – Barcelona 2013, Amsterdam 2015, Toronto 2017, Valparaiso 2019 – were remarkably successful in drawing together scholars from around the world and, established a tradition of the LLRN Conference as the largest academic labour law conference in the world (attendance at Barcelona was 330, at Amsterdam 460, at Toronto over 350, and at Valparaiso 300), and the most important focal point for global labour law scholarship. Those who missed the previous conferences are invited to consult the programmes available at the LLRN website, which illustrate the numerous attendees and the broad range of topics canvassed.

The LLRN5 Poland conference will be the LLRN’s first conference held in the Central/Eastern Europe. We do believe that joining in this fine tradition this time by the members of this part of the global labour law scholarship, would constitute an invaluable opportunity to instil and consolidate the idea of a ‘boundaryless’ scientific cooperation and exchange among leading labour law scholars from all around the globe.

At this conference let us celebrate what we, as an academic community, have achieved so far, and let us share our thoughts and exchange ideas on how to chart our journey forward to reach new scientific heights.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Warsaw!

Izabela Florczak, Piotr Grzebyk, Marta Otto & Łukasz Pisarczyk