About the centre

Welma’s research goals are the tackling and analysis of complex legal issues that arise concerning the relationship between individual citizens, society and the market as a result of the changes facing the welfare state.

The values, structure and organisation of the welfare society are challenged by the economic crisis, demographic developments, globalisation and migration, and a rise in the number of lifestyle diseases. Legal relations also change and the population’s rejection of marriage in favour of other relationships affects welfare legislation’s inner coherence and unbalances the welfare model’s legal obligations for providing support. With these development trends, new legal issues and questions arise in connection with the future of the welfare society and the balance between collective interests and ensuring the welfare rights of the individual.

The centre works with a broad understanding of the welfare concept which includes the following topics: Employment contracts, social insurance, tax, health and treatment of sickness, education and learning, non-discrimination, union citizenship and welfare benefits as goods and services.