Zane Rasnača

Senior Researcher


Zane Rasnača holds a PhD (2017) from the European University Institute in Florence. The topic of her thesis was “First or one among equals? The CJEU and the construction of EU social policy”. For her PhD she has received Mauro Cappelletti prize and ELFA 2017 award for the best thesis in European law. She also holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (LL.M, specialization in European law) and the University of Latvia. Before joining the ETUI, Zane was a stagiaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union. In 2014/2015 Zane Rasnača was a Fulbright/Schuman visiting researcher at Yale Law School and Rutgers University. She has worked for the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Latvia in the office of the Representative before the CJEU. She has taught EU law and human rights courses at the University of Latvia, the European University Institute and Riga Graduate School of Law. Zane is also an affiliated member at the Institute for European Law, KU Leuven. She is the coordinator of the Transnational Trade Union Rights (TTUR) expert network.

Areas of activity

EU law, labour law, comparative labour and constitutional law, European industrial relations, European social dialogue, transnational trade union rights, judicial politics.

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Essential but unprotected: highly mobile workers in the EU during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that highly mobile workers who frequently move either within or in and out of the European Union (EU) are... Find out more

Posting of workers before national courts

Intra-EU employee posting remains a politically and legally contentious matter that continues to feature on the agendas of lawmakers, trade... Find out more

Reimbursement rules for posted workers: mapping national law in the EU28

This background analysis surveys how, and for which groups of workers, European Union member states regulate reimbursement of travel, board... Find out more

Strengthening the EU’s social dimension: using the EMU to make the most out of the Social Pillar

This policy brief examines how the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) can be used to strengthen the social dimension of the EU. For the... Find out more