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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 have published widely in these areas including a monograph entitled New Labour Laws in Old Member States (CUP, 2017) which combines empirical work with an innovative comparative method to explore the responses of trade unions in five EU Member States to the challenges of increased migration following the recent EU enlargements in 2004 and 2007. The book was reviewed in the Industrial Law Journal (2018) 47:2 and the European Law Review.

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 (with David Cabrelli, University of Edinburgh) which was cited with approval by Lords Hope, Wilson and Sumption 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 on the management board of the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE) which provides legal expertise and advice on Scotland and the UK’s future position following the 'Brexit' referendum. In this context, I have published widely on the consequences of 'Brexit' for employment law. I am one of the lead academics in the Civil Society Brexit Project, funded by the Legal Education Foundation, which helps civil society organisations in Scotland to prepare for Brexit consequences for themselves or their service users.

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2015 from the University of Stirling where I held a lectureship in law from 2011 until 2015. I was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute from 2010 until 2011.

I received my Ph.D in Law from the University of Edinburgh in 2011. Prior to this I completed an LL.B. (Hons) in Law and French at the University of Edinburgh and an LL.M (Human Rights) at the School of Oriental and African Studies. In 2011, my PhD thesis was awarded the European Trade Union Confederation’s Brian Bercusson Award for the best PhD thesis to have been submitted in European Labour Law between 2006 and 2010.

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Projects 2017 2019

Civil Society and Brexit

Busby, N. & ZAHN, R.


Project: Research

Research Output 2008 2018

Implications for equality, employment and Human Rights in Scotland

Busby, N. & Zahn, R., 28 Feb 2018, Bringing Human Rights Home? What's at Stake for Rights in the Incorporation of EU Law after Brexit. London, p. 44-46 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

human rights
European Law

The 'European Social Model' and the UK: from Europeanization to Anglicization

Zahn, R., 14 Sep 2018, In : Historical Studies in Industrial Relations. 39, p. 169-204 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

European social model
labor law
European Law


Brian Bercusson Award

Rebecca ZAHN (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

labor law
European Law

Activities 2014 2016

  • 4 Participation in conference
  • 4 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
  • 1 Invited talk