Introduction: Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Labour Protection

Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2019

12 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2019 Last revised: 21 Jun 2019

Date Written: June 13, 2019


The Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal is publishing a collection of articles on "Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Labour Protection" edited by Valerio De Stefano (KU Leuven). This collection gathers contributions from several labour lawyers and social scientists to provide an interdisciplinary overview of how new technologies, including smart robots, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and business practices such as People Analytics, management-by-algorithm, and the use of big data in workplaces, far from merely displacing jobs, profoundly affect the quality of work. The authors argue that these issues depend, and can be affected by, policy choices - since they are not just the "natural" result of technological innovations - and call for adequate regulation of these phenomena. Contributing authors are Antonio Aloisi, Ilaria Armaroli, Fernanda Bárcia de Mattos, Janine Berg, Miriam Cherry, Emanuele Dagnino, Valerio De Stefano, Elena Gramano, Matt Finkin, Marianne Furrer, Frank Hendrickx, Parminder Jeet Singh, David Kucera, Phoebe Moore, Jeremias Prassl, and Uma Rani. This article introduces this collection and gives an overview of the issues discussed by the authors.

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Smart Robots, People Analytics, Smart Robots, Management-by-Algorithm, Labour Protection, Regulation, Platform Work

JEL Classification: J23, J42, J51, J58

Suggested Citation

De Stefano, Valerio, Introduction: Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Labour Protection (June 13, 2019). Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2019, Available at SSRN:

Valerio De Stefano (Contact Author)

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law ( email )

Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, B-3000

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