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Professor Bisom-Rapp Appointed to Scientific Committee of an Italian Foundation

March 13, 2014

Professor Bisom-Rapp Appointed to Scientific Committee of an Italian Foundation

Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp has accepted an invitation to join the Scientific Committee of the Marco Biagi Foundation in Modena, Italy. The offer of this prestigious appointment was extended on behalf of the Governing Board of the Marco Biagi Foundation by Marina Biagi, who serves as the Foundation’s President. 

Part of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, the Marco Biagi Foundation is home to the International Doctoral Research School in Labour Relations, which offers PhD studies in labor and employment relations that are comparative and interdisciplinary. The Foundation also hosts conferences and symposia. A highlight of its programming is the annual comparative labor law conference held to commemorate the life and work of Professor Marco Biagi, a noted legal scholar.

The Scientific Committee is the Foundation’s academic advisory board. Dr. Iacopo Senatori, the Secretary of the Foundation, describes the work of the Scientific Committee this way:

[I]n broad terms, the Scientific Committee’s task is to provide advice on the scientific activities carried out by the Foundation (research projects, conferences, publication of books, educational programmes etc). The Scientific Committee can be activated by the Foundation’s President, Marina Biagi (who also chairs the Committee) and operates upon impulse from the Foundation’s Administrative Board.

“I am deeply honored to be invited to join the Scientific Committee,” said Professor Bisom-Rapp. “For many years, I have considered the Foundation to be my home-away-from-home,” she noted. “I look forward to increasing my engagement with the Foundation, and to making a positive contribution to its scholarly work.”

Professor Bisom-Rapp has served on the Foundation’s International Council since 2009. She will continue to serve on the Council, which meets once a year and provides advice on various curricular issues. Professor Bisom-Rapp will also continue to help organize and serve as a commentator for the Foundation’s annual Young Scholars’ Workshop, which features outstanding papers written by PhD candidates from around the world.

Indeed, she is headed to Modena, Italy for spring break, and has a busy schedule at the Foundation, which includes giving a lecture to the Foundation’s PhD students, chairing a panel at the annual conference, commenting at the Young Scholars’ Workshop, and attending several meetings. This will be Professor Bisom-Rapp’s eighth consecutive year attending the annual March events at the Foundation.

Professor Bisom-Rapp is an internationally known scholar in the field of comparative workplace law, who writes about globalization, equal employment opportunity, occupational safety and health, and the rights of migrants.

Professor Bisom-Rapp regularly teaches a seminar on international and comparative employment law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. 

The seminar uses her co-authored casebook, The Global Workplace (2d. ed. 2012), and is the only course of its kind offered in Southern California.