Aude Cefaliello


PhD Topic

Towards a reform of European Union Occupational Health and Safety law in context of crisis


Professor Jane Mair
Professor Ruth Dukes


Aude graduated with Honors from the Université d’Auvergne School of Law (France) in 2012. She also completed her first Masters in Employment Law at the same university in 2014. On this occasion, she wrote her Masters thesis on Psychosocial risks at work in French and British law under the European law’s influence. Respectively, she obtained a LL.M degree at the University of Glasgow in 2016 where she conducted research on Collective bargaining: a single European concept? – Comparative study France and United-Kingdom. Since then, she has been a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute in European Legal History of Frankfurt (Germany) from November 2015 to July 2017. There, she worked on Lessons from the European OHS mobilisation in the 1970s to analyse the present challenges.  She started her PhD at the University of Glasgow in October 2016. 

Research Interests

I am an EU labour law researcher, and I am interested in what the role of the European Union (EU) in the European level regulation of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) might be in the context of crisis. My aim is not only to criticise the current EU policy about reforming the OHS but also to suggest a change of direction in the management of better OHS EU regulation to preserve the balance between efficiency, competitiveness and productivity on the one hand, and overall security, sustainable development and social cohesion, on the other. Thus, I examine the institutional treaties of the EU and their impact on the French and British legal systems in the OHS field. Of course, Brexit also raised the question of the post-EU and what will happen to the social acquis communautaire in OHS in the UK legal system.

My PhD adopts a socio-legal methodology based on interviews and a historical approach to the development of the OHS in the EU from the 1970s. My PhD is funded by the College of Social Sciences of the University of Glasgow. 

I am also part of the London Labour Law PhD reading group that brings together PhD candidates from all over the United-Kingdom.

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College of Social Sciences Scholarship by the University of Glasgow 2016-2019

Scholarship for Visiting Scholar by Max Planck Institute for European Legal History 2015-2016