Building future proof careers: a legal analysis of (the right to) lifelong learning as part of a sustainable career

01 January 2024 → 31 December 2027
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Constitutional law
    • International law
    • Labour law
    • Social law
right to lifelong learning micro-enterprises labour law and educational law
Project description

Doing the same job during your whole career, has become an outdated idea. In this rapidly changing world, the right to lifelong learning is becoming increasingly important. Unfortunately, not every employee has access to lifelong learning. This research aims to gain insights on how regulations can reach vulnerable target groups, especially employees in micro-enterprises, so that the right to lifelong learning becomes an opportunity for all. However, existing research mainly focuses on a socio-economic or psychological perspective, leaving the legal delineation of the right to lifelong learning and the degree of interaction between the different policy levels unknown territory. This project first examines the impact of the international right to lifelong learning at the national level and subsequently analyses the existing legal framework, the barriers and possible regulatory adjustments. The project examines regulation from a bottom-up perspective, focusing on micro-enterprises in the trade, hospitality and construction sectors. Three main areas of regulatory tension are examined through case studies: international & national, national & sub-state and sectoral & individual. The research includes not only qualitative legal research, but also experiences with the application of the right to lifelong learning in practice, through semi-structured expert interviews and the vignette method.