The University of Padua awards the honorary master degree to Matthew W. Finkin , Albert J. Harno and Edward W. Cleary Chair in Law at the University of Illinois College of Law.
The Department of Private Law and Critique of Law proposes the honorary academic title laurea magistrale ad honorem to Matthew W. Finkin for “his dedication and expertise in Privacy in Employment Law. A man who has authored books considered essential for those researching issues of domestic, comparative labor law, and higher education law. For his dealings with Common Law and Civil Law that uncover the historical narrative and philosophical assumptions that identify interest worthy of protection through a delineated method that adheres to the protection of individual interests.
For his understanding of the potential influence of technology concerning the labor market, and fostering of stimulating scientific debate. For his anticipation of a large-scale emergence of problems with complex legal implications related to the balance between entrepreneurial needs and personal privacy protection. For his work as Co-General Editor of the Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, which has led it to become the international scientific authority in the field of labor law. For his relationship with fellow scholars that result not only in a substantial production of work but also in his intergenerational and international collaborations that break boundaries of modern labor laws. For his fundamental role in the internationalization of labor law studies. Elaborating upon the processes of market globalization that required legal experts to grasp the evolution of production and work methods, while considering the conceptual categories and tools needed to protect workers beyond established models.
The University is proud to honor Prof Finkin for having conducted his research with openness towards all branches of knowledge and for the activities that ensure contributions from all national and cultural contexts, for valuing only the accuracy of scientific methods, and for his coherent and persuasive capacity of in the content of arguments.”