Mijke Houwerzijl

Mijke Houwerzijl


  • Warandelaan 2, Montesquieu Building, room M 208

    5037 AB Tilburg


1997 …2023

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Research interests

Prof. Dr. Mijke Houwerzijl is a full professor of Labour Law at Tilburg University since 2011. She also held a chair by special appointment in Comparative and European Labour Law at the University of Groningen from 2010 - 2020. 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 e.g. a member of the editorial board of a Dutch academic journal in labour law (TRA) and chair of the Dutch department of the International society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL).

She has written widely on Dutch and EU labour law and social security law, with an emphasis on issues concerning cross-border labour mobility in(to) the EU, including issues of monitoring & enforcement. She often participates in academic research projects and in commissioned research projects, e.g. by the European Commission, the ETUC, Instituut Gak, European or Dutch social partners in several sectors or other stakeholders. She is or has been involved inter alia in research on the 'economically dependent worker' (project leader: University of Hamburg), and on 'in-work poverty' (WorkYP; H2020 project, project leader: University of Luxembourg), legal aspects of online platform work in the Netherlands (funded by Instituut Gak); Arbeidsmigratiedatabank (project leader: Jan Cremers); FORMULA-project of University of Oslo (2009-2012), a report for the ETUC on letterbox-practices (2016-17) and an Erasmus+ project SENSE on the legal position of the international truck driver (2017-19) and studies for the European Commission and Eurofound on 'Legal aspects of posting of workers' and  'Liability in subcontracting processes' (2008 - 2012).

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External positions

Independent advice on the ABU's strategy (SDG 8: decent work) and ABU members' social impact (SDG 10: contributing to an inclusive society) (Algemene Bond Uitzendondernemingen (ABU))

2 Oct 2023 → …

Advising the minister ( adviescollege rechtspositie politieke ambtsdragers)

28 Apr 202228 Apr 2026

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

29 May 2018 → …

Reviewing papers (Open Access tijdschrift ARBAC)

1 Jan 20121 Jan 2017

Appeals Committee (Stichting Fair Produce, Raad van Advies)

1 Jan 2012 → …

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

1 Oct 201031 Jan 2021

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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