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Ralf Rogowski





School of Law
University of Warwick
Tel: 00 44 2476523212

Research Interests

Professor Rogowski's main research and teaching areas are sociology of law, social theory, employment law, European Union law and comparative law. Over many years Professor Rogowski has been conducting research on governance of employment and social policies in the European Union. He has a special interest in applying social systems theory to the study of law and industrial relations. He is the author of the concepts of reflexive labour law and autopoietic industrial relations, which he used in comparative studies of labour law and labour market regulations, including empirical accounts of employment protection and fixed-term contracts in the European Union. Professor Rogowski has a longstanding interest in studying the judiciary, the legal profession and legal advice. He has conducted comparative studies of German labour courts and British employment tribunals as well as German corporate lawyers. He has also carried out empirical research on the impact and implementation of decisions of the German Federal Constitutional Court (with Th. Gawron). He is currently engaged in research on legal advice as a means of mobilising citizens against corruption.


Dr. iur (EUI, Florence), LL.M (Wisconsin), Ass.iur (Berlin).

Ralf Rogowski joinedc Warwick Law School in 1993, after having taught at Lancaster University and at the Free University in Berlin. He is currently the Director of the Law and Sociology Programme and was Co-Director of the Social Theory Centre until 2009. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Universities of Modena;Wisconsin, Madison; Konstanz; and Maastricht and a longstanding Research Associate at the Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung (WZB) in Berlin. From September to December 2006, he was Senior Emile Noel Fellow at New York University School of Law. Since 1996 he has been general editor of the book series Studies in Modern Law and Policy and since 2012 with S. Karstedt and D. Taenzler of the book series Law, Crime and Culture (both Ashgate).

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • EU Anticorruption Policies
  • EU Directive on Race Discrimination Date of Completion:2013
  • EU Human Rights Policy Date of Completion:2002
  • The Equality Act 2010

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    Contact hours (during term time)

    Tuesdays, 12.00-13.00

    Thursdays, 12.00-13.00

    Sample publications

    R. Rogowski, Reflexive Labour Law in the World Society
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    Reflexive Labour Law

    R. Rogowski, T. Gawron (eds),
    Constitutional Courts in Comparison - The US Supreme Court and the German Federal Constitutional Court

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    J-C Barbier, R Rogowski, F Colomb (eds.) The Sustainability of the European Social Model
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    R Rogowski, R Salais and N Whiteside (eds) Transforming European Employment Policy
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    Transforming European Employment Policy

    R Rogowski (ed) The European Social Model and Transitional Labour Markets: Law and Policy
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    R Rogowski, C Turner (eds) The Shape of the New Europe
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    T Gawron, R Rogowski, Die Wirkung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts (The Impact of the German Federal Constitutional Court)
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    R Rogowski (2008) 'Governance of the European Social Model: The Case of Flexicurity', Intereconomics, Vol. 43 (Issue 2), 82 - 91 (PDF Document)