Many changes in Italy’s post-war labour market affected women’s socio-economic and political emancipation. The paper aims to analyse the picture of female labour in post-war Italy after World War II and the impact of Article 37 of the Italian Constitution in supporting regulatory changes. In particular, legislative changes and the role of jurisprudence in the long post-war transition will be examined, underlining the process of slow deconstruction of the regulatory “scoria” left by the fascist regime.


Roberta Nunin (Udine, 1965) is Associate Professor of Labour Law at the University of Trieste. She teaches European labour law and labour law and she is the Director (and a teacher) of the Master Course in Labour Law and Social Security of the same university. Prof. Nunin is also a member of the teaching comitee of the joint PhD in Legal Science of the Universities of Trieste and Udine. In 2016 she became Dean Vicar of the degree Course of Law.

In June 1999 Roberta Nunin became a member of the Italian Association of Labour Law and Social Security (Associazione italiana di diritto del lavoro e della sicurezza socialeAidlass). She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the reviews Rivista Giuridica del Lavoro e della Previdenza sociale and Lavoro e diritto and a member of the Evaluation Committee of the reviews Il Lavoro nella Giurisprudenza and Variazioni su temi di diritto del lavoro. Over time she was invited to give lectures and seminars by many domestic and international universities.

Roberta Nunin has authored nearly 230 publications; her fields of studies are concerning particularly the topics of European social dialogue, freedom of workers’ movement, labour law and parenthood, labour law and discrimination, child work, protection of health and safety at work, atypical work, young people and labour market, gender pay gap, recent trends in collective bargaining.