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Alan Neal

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Emeritus Professor

Comparative Labour Law; International Labour Law; Labour Dispute Resolution


Professor Neal is a specialist on European, International & Comparative Employment Law. He has served on expert committees for the Social Affairs Directorate of the European Commission for over 30 years, and acts as an Independent Expert for the International Labour Organisation. Professor Neal advises national governments in the field of employment law and social policy, and is actively involved in the provision of specialised judicial training, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Between 2003 and 2006 Professor Neal headed a joint project between the United Kingdom FCO and the Chinese Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MOLSS), establishing a Labour Arbitration Court for China. He was one of the two independent experts advising the Chinese Labour Ministry on preparation of a Labour Contracts Law for the PRC, as well as acting as an independent international expert in relation to the PRC's Labour Disputes Arbitration Law. During 2017-2018 he has been engaged in drafting a new Labour Code for Armenia.
Professor Neal completed studies for the ILO on "Vulnerable Workers" (Geneva 1985); for the European Commission, on "Les regles du jeu: Industrial Relations in Four Community Countries - Similarities and Uncertainties as Regards the Rules Governing Them" (Brussels 1986); for the European Commission on "Termination of employment relationships: legal situation in the Member States of the European Union" (Luxembourg 1997); and on "The Evolution of Labour Law" for DG Employment of the European Commission (Luxembourg 2004). Professor Neal has also undertaken work for the United Kingdom Health & Safety Executive on the impact of 2003 statutory changes to the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, on the sanction of disqualification for company directors guilty of health and safety offences, and on transposition of European Union health and safety Directives into United Kingdom law. His policy and advisory work on China includes "China's future labor market and the impact of new (globally inspired) labor laws" (Adecco Institute White Paper 3, Zurich 2007), Cross-Currents in Modern Chinese Labour Law (Kluwer Law International 2014) and reports for the Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the Labour Law and Social Security Law Institute, Peking University.