COMPTRASEC's main objective is to foster comparative research in the field of labour law, labour relations, social protection and demography.


The Centre for Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (COMPTRASEC) was founded in 1982 by specialists in social law. In 2011, the team was joined by professors and researchers in population studies from the Bordeaux University Demographic Studies Institute (IEDUB) created in 1948. The centre is now part of Bordeaux University, Pessac. It is a joint Research Unit operated by the University and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS - National Scientific Research Centre).

COMPTRASEC belongs to the Association Française de Droit du Travail (AFDT), to the Groupement de Droit Comparé (Comparative Law Group) and to the DIM Gestes (Groupe d'études sur le Travail). The Research Unit works in close collaboration with the INED (National Institute for Demographic Studies). The centre belongs to the Labour Law Research Network (LLRN), is partner of Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT)  and maintains privileged relations with many key institutions, including the International Labour Organization, the European Commission, the French ministries in charge of research, employment, and social affairs, the Conseil Régional Nouvelle Aquitaine (New Aquitaine Regional Council) and the Conseil général de la Gironde.

COMPTRASEC is a partner of the Laboratory of Excellence in "Individuals, Populations and Societies (iPOPs)” and develops research programmes within the framework of the Bordeaux HEADS Excellence Initiative (IDEX). It is actively involved in European and international research networks and cooperation with other university centres of excellence.

Priority research themes include conditions of social citizenship (physical and mental health of the worker and person ; mobilisation of resources and the construction of personal autonomy ; equality of access to work and protection), as well as spaces of social citizenship (enterprises and their legal organisation, the interests and rights of employees ; territories, spaces of regulation and social solidarity ; spaces of confrontation).   

Courses include three Master II diplomas: "Social law, specialising in research", "Labour relations law, specialising in professional applications" and "Masters in Population, Development and Forward Studies", the COMPTRASEC also organises research seminars, comparative law and demography study days, and international symposia. COMPTRASEC publishes the three-monthly “Comparative Labour and Social Security Law Review” in French and publishes an online English-language version annually, and belongs to the International Association of Labour law Journals - IALLJ.