About Thomas C. Kohler
Thomas C. Kohler is the Concurrent Professor of Law and Philosophy. Professor Kohler is an internationally recognized authority on the labor and employment law of the United States and other western nations, with a special emphasis on German law. He has served as a Fulbright Professor on the Law Faculty of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität (Frankfurt am Main), and has taught at the University of Texas School of Law and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. Among other honors, he has been a Fellow of the German Marshall Fund and a Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation Research Fellow. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board for the E.U.-sponsored European Labour Law Network (ELLN), a Consultant to the Industrial Relations section of the Department of Sociology of the University of Warsaw, a member of the International Board for the National College of Ireland, and as a Scientific Expert to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at the Vatican. He also has acted as a consultant to governments, NGOs and other international organizations on labor and employment law and policy matters.
Prof. Kohler has lectured and published widely in the United States, Europe and Japan. In addition to an extensive body of publications on labor and employment law issues, and in comparative law, he has written on personhood, mediating institutions and other issues in social and political theory, as well as on issues in Catholic social thought. He is only the second American to have been invited to present both the annual Hugo Sinzheimer Memorial Lecture (Univ. of Frankfurt Faculty of Law) and the Japan International Labor Law Foundation Distinguished Lectures (University of Tokyo Faculty of Law). And he has twice been invited to address the biennial meeting of the Deutscher Juristentag (the Association of German Jurists).
Prof. Kohler serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal; the American Journal of Comparative Law, and as an International Advisor to and a member of the Scientific Committee of IUSLabor, a journal sponsored by the Law Faculty of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). He also serves on the National Executive Board of the International Society for Labor Law and Social Security.
Recent activities include: lectures in the series, Göttingen Lectures in Foreign and International Labor Law (Law Faculty of the University of Göttingen); at the Law Faculty of the University of Jena; and at the Hugo Sinzheimer Institut in Frankfurt. Recent articles include Comparative Law in a Time of Globalization: Some Reflections, 52 Duquesne L. Rev. (forthcoming, 2014); Konrad Adenauer’s Christian Vision, First Things (tracing the roots of the German social market ideas) (forthcoming, 2014), and Neutralität des Arbeitgebers im US-amerikanischem Arbeitsrecht?, in Arbeit und Recht., 60.4. Prof. Kohler is currently working on a book entitled, Solidarity Forever: the Story and Significance of an Idea (forthcoming, Yale University Press).
Prof. Kohler is a member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the Association of German Jurists (Deutscher Juristentag).
- Fall 2016: Foundations of Western Law
- Spring 2017: Labor Law, Employment Law
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Comparative Law in a Time of Globalization: Some Reflections Duquesne Law Journal (2014)
This piece discusses the tension between internationalization of legal ordering and the growing pressure against local and national ordering. Using Aristotle, Tocqueville, the Reception of Roman Law as forebears of the problem, I discuss three ...
Neutralitaet des Arbeitgebers im US-amerikanischen Arbeitsrecht? Arbeit und Recht (2012)
It is for workers alone to decide whether to organize for purposes of collective bargaining. However, this does not mean that employers are strictly obligated to remain neutral. Within the at times imprecise limits of ...
Restatement - Technique and Tradition in the United States International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations (2008)
This paper considers the meaning and development in a historical perspective of what Americans mean by labour law. The author highlights the fact that employment law in the United States consists of a patchwork of ...
The Notion of Solidarity and the Secret History of American Labor Law Buffalo Law Review (2005)
"Solidarity," a term not overly familiar to Americans, sometimes seems to have as many meanings as it has users. The concept became incorporated into American thought during the 19th and 20th century waves of Catholic ...
The Employment Relation and Its Ordering at Century's End: Reflections on Emerging Trends in the United States Boston College Law Review (2000)
The enormous success of the United States economy in producing new jobs has focused world-wide attention on the flexibility of the American labor market, and on the malleability of the legal order that regulates it. ...
Conditioning Expectations: The Protection of the Employment Bond in German and American Law Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal (2000)
According to many observers, one of the critical factors accounting for the unprecedented economic growth that the United States enjoyed during the past decade is a regulatory regime that places few restrictions on an employer's ...
The Disintegration of Labor Law: Some Notes for a Comparative Study of Legal Transformation Notre Dame Law Review (1998)
While acknowledging the difficulties inherent in a comparative approach to labor and employment ordering issues, the author argues that our times and circumstances force us to consider such a perspective. This essay looks at the ...