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    5037 DE Tilburg



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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

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

  • 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

  • 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


    • 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

    Public initiative on the mobility package and beyond

    Mijke Houwerzijl (Speaker)

    12 Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

    Letterbox companies, tax havens and the tax avoidance industry

    Mijke Houwerzijl (Speaker)

    9 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


    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