Memoirs of Roger Blanpain

What can I do for you?

Author: Blanpain R.
ISBN-13: 978 90 4960 104 1
Year of Publication: 2009
Cover: Paperback
Number of Pages: 263
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Professor, former senator, author, “bon vivant”, husband, father and grandfather, Roger Blanpain (1932) is all this and more. The scintillating memoirs of this world famous labour law specialist cast a fascinating light on the academic world and the social evolution of Belgian and European post-war societies. They offer a unique eyewitness report of someone who watched the most important events of the last 65 years from the front row. 

In “What can I do for you?”, Roger Blanpain describes in detail his rich and varied academic career, which began at the University of Leuven (Belgium), the societal problems that touched him most, and his journey through national and international organisations, like the EU, the OECD, the ILO, the International Society of Labour and Social Security Law, and the International Industrial Relations Association.

“What can I do for you?” provides the reader privileged insight into key questions of Belgian, European and international social history, including the Badger case, the Bolkestein Directive, and the Volkswagen case... Roger Blanpain offers his outspoken opinion on numerous hot topics, like the trade in humans in sports, the tobacco lobby, smoking bans, and the apartheid system separating blue and white collar workers. His ideas to stimulate employment give these memoirs a lasting character.

This book is a must, not only for those who know Roger Blanpain, but for all those, who ask themselves from time to time:“What can I do for you?”

Table of Contents:

Foreword (Mark Eyskens, former Prime Minister of Belgium)

A life long: memoirs

Part 1. Along the Dender and the Dijle
  1. At the foot of the mountain
  2. The St Catharina college
  3. Once a scout, always a scout
  4. Law studies in Leuven
  5. New York, New York
  6. Monitor at the law faculty of Leuven
  7. In the service of the fatherland
  8. A Congolese adventure
  9. Defending my thesis
  10. Teaching notary law
  11. Professor of labour law
  12. The twenty-eight Interuniversity Congress of Law Students
  13. Flemish Leuven
  14. In the shadow of rector Piet de Somer
  15. A contested divorce and a new start
  16. Dean of the law faculty (1983 – 1987)
  17. Senator for the Flemish People’s Union
  18. Visiting professor and international contacts
  19. The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium (1992 - )
  20. A honorary degree for prince Philip of Belgium
  21. Emeritus
  22. The assassination of Marco Biagi
Part 2. What can I do for you?
  1. The sports gladiators
  2. Mandatory language in the enterprise
  3. Temporary agency work: from pariah to prince
  4. Officers are forced labourers
  5. Multinationals and the Badger case
  6. The nine zeros of learning in Flanders
  7. Jobs: a twelve-point plan
  8. For a social VAT
  9. Child minders without adequate social protection
  10. The democratic deficit in our labour relations
  11. Apartheid between blue and white collars
  12. Social Europe: an empty box
  13. The pope may be punished
  14. For a smoke-free world
  15. Big brother: control of e-mail
  16. Bolkestein: misunderstood and vilified
  17. E-mamas and e-papas: let’s play it cool
  18. Authors: abused and forgotten
  19. Freedom of association in Belarus
Part 3. What can we do together?
  1. Visit to Geneva: the International Labour Organisation
  2. The Belgian Association for Industrial Relations (BVVA)
  3. The International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL) and the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA)
  4. The International Encyclopaedia of Laws
  5. Alumni of the law faculty
  6. The Association of Educational and Scientific Authors (VEWA)
  7. Happy at Work
Can I still do something for you?