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Research interests

Dr. Mijke Houwerzijl is professor of Labour Law at Tilburg University. She also holds a chair in Comparative and European Labour Law at the University of Groningen. She studied law at the University of Amsterdam and worked for four years as a legal practioner, specialising in employment law, civil litigation and social security law. In 2005, she completed her doctorate on the background, content and implementation of the Posting of Workers Directive at Tilburg University. She is a member of the editorial board of two Dutch academic journals in labour law (TRA and online journal ARBAC) and chairs the Dutch department of the International society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL).

She has written widely on Dutch and EU labour law, employment law and social security law, with an emphasis on issues concerning workers mobility across the EU, labour migration and monitoring & enforcement of labour law and social security law. She often participates in both academic research projects and in commissioned research projects, e.g. of the European Commission on the legal aspects of posting of workers, and of the ETUC on combating letterbox-type practices. Other research projects include contributions to the FORMULA-project of University of Oslo, a report on the application of the Dutch collective agreement for the transport by road sector to different modalities of transnational employment and a study for Eurofound on 'Liability in subcontracting processes in the European construction sector'.

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External positions

Mitglied des Kuratoriums (Institut fuer Arbeitsrecht und Arbeitsbeziehungen in der Europaeischen Union IAAEU)

29 May 2018 → …

Appeals Committee (Stichting Fair Produce, Raad van Advies)

1 Jan 2012 → …

Reviewing papers (Open Access tijdschrift ARBAC)

1 Jan 2012 → …

Professor of European and Comparative Labour Law (Rijks Universiteit Groningen (RUG))

1 Oct 2010 → …

Editor, review articles (Tijdschrift Recht & Arbeid)

1 Apr 2006 → …


  • Labour Law
  • Social Politics
  • Social Security Law
  • Labour
  • Social Security Law, International
  • Industrial/Labour Relations
  • Working Conditions
  • Labour Market
  • Mobility Of Labour
  • Working Conditions Creation
  • Labour Issues
  • Labour Market Policy

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Research Output 1998 2020

Posting of workers: From a blurred notion associated with ‘cheap labour’ to a tool for ‘fair labour mobility’?

Houwerzijl, M. & Berntsen, L. E., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Posted work in the European Union, the political economy of free movement. Arnholtz, J. & Lillie, N. (eds.). Routledge, p. 147 - 166 20 p. (Routledge Research in Employment Relations).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

labor market

Expertoordeel inzake de WagwEU

Houwerzijl, M., 9 Jan 2019, 38 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

Open Access

Free movement of (posted) workers and applicable labour and social security law

Houwerzijl, M. & Verschueren, H., 20 Aug 2019, European Labour Law. Jaspers, T., Pennings, F. & Peters, S. (eds.). Intersentia, p. 45 - 131 87 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

social security
case law

Gedwongen arbeid bij De Goede Herder: De werkwijze in de instellingen van de kloosterorde De Goede Herder in de periode 1945-1975 en de rol van de overheid daarbij

Translated title of the contribution: Forced labour in homes of The Good Shepherd: The system of work in juvenile homes of the catholic congregation The Good Shepherd between 1945 - 1975 and the role of the stateHouwerzijl, M. & Heerma van Voss, G., 19 Dec 2019, 126 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

Open Access

In hoeverre draagt de Wet Arbeid Schijnconstructies bij aan het bestrijden van schijnconstructies op de arbeidsmarkt?

Translated title of the contribution: To what extent does the Act on Artificial Labour Arrangements contribute to combating sham arrangements at the labour market?Houwerzijl, M., 15 Nov 2019, 9 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

Open Access

Activities 2002 2018

  • 2 Invited talk
  • 2 Oral presentation

Digitalisation of company law and the impact on social security law

Mijke Houwerzijl (Speaker)
24 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationProfessional

Letterbox companies, tax havens and the tax avoidance industry

Mijke Houwerzijl (Speaker)
9 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Public initiative on the mobility package and beyond

Mijke Houwerzijl (Speaker)
12 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Normative political theory in an era of globalization. The case of child labour

M.S. Houwerzijl (Speaker)
15 Sep 2002

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Projects 1997 2005

The Interconnectedness of International and National Social Law

Senden, L. A. J., Pennings, F. J. L., Hendrickx, F., Houwerzijl, M. & Jacobs, A.


Project: Research project

The Horizontal Penetration of Social Norms

Pennings, F. J. L., Hendrickx, F., Wilthagen, T., Houwerzijl, M., Jacobs, A. & van Lent, C. M. E. P.


Project: Research project

De arbeidsrechtelijke positie van de gedetacheerde werknemer.

Houwerzijl, M., Fase, W. J. P. M. & Pennings, F. J. L.


Project: Research project