Background in law and sufficient command of English. Preferably students are familiar with the basics of international and European law.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) is one of the oldest international organizations in the world. It is even older than the United Nations of which it is a special agency. The main aim of the ILO is the creation of social justice. Thereto the ILO promotes rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities and strengthens social dialogue on work-related issues. It does so through setting standards by Conventions and Recommendations and through various programmes featuring decent work or promoting better work, as well as corporate social responsibility (CSR). Within the context of (economic) globalization these standards and programmes have gained importance and became leading in terms of expectations of the national labour laws of its Member States and the behaviour of multinational enterprises (MNEs). Having an even stronger economic interdependence within the European Union (EU), the EU has created an additional set of labour law rules. Moreover, the EU is more than just an international organization, it is a supranational organization that has created its own legal order. This means that for EU Member States labour law is no longer a mainly national issue. It is strongly influenced by the standards and programmes of the ILO and the social policy directives of the EU, including the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Objectives of the course:
During this course, a general introduction into and an overview of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and European Union (EU) Labour Law will be provided.
We will study the basic institutional settings of the ILO and the EU, as well as their enforcement and monitoring mechanisms.
We will discuss the historical background of both organizations and the implications thereof for the standards and instruments they have developed over the course of time.
We will discuss the labour standards of the ILO, its governance Conventions and the decent work programmes.
We will study some issue of the EU’s social policy, among which the European social dialogue, employee involvement at the workplace in general and with regard to specific situations and the EU’s approach to equal treatment.
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:
Historical background knowledge of global and European labour law, especially of the ILO and the EU.
Knowledge and understanding of the basic institutional settings of the ILO and the EU and their enforcement and dispute settlement mechanisms.
Knowledge and understanding of the ILO’s core labour standards, its governance conventions and its decent and better work programmes.
Knowledge and understanding of the most important material aspects of EU Labour Law.
Application of EU labour law to practical cases.
Ability to analyze and evaluate developments of labour law within the ILO and the EU.
Mode of instruction
Number of (2 hour) lectures: 10 (1 per week for a duration of 10 weeks)
Names of lecturers: Prof. dr G.J.J. Heerma van Voss, dr. M.Y.H.G. Erkens
Required preparation by students: Required reading for every lecture
- Exam: a written open book exam, consisting of questions and cases. The retake will be an oral open book exam, depending on the number of students who have to do a retake, consisting of questions and cases.
Areas to be tested within the exam
Compulsory reading materials and any other topics discussed in class.
Regulation retake passed exams
In this course it is possible to retake an exam that has been passed (cf. art. 220.127.116.11 and further of the Course and Examination Regulations). Students who have passed the exam may retake the final written assessment (test) of the course if they meet certain requirements. To retake a passed exam, students need to ask the Student Administration Office (OIC) for permission. For more information, go to 'course and exam enrollment' > 'permission for retaking a passed exam' on the student website.
Obligatory course materials
The course information guide and assignments will be made available on Brightspace.
Literature and reading materials will be published on Brightspace.
Check the website under “course and exam enrollment” for information on how to register for the course.
Exchange students have priority and will be registered for the course first. Any remaining seats will be available for students from Leiden University and other Dutch Universities.
Coordinator: Dr. M.Y.H.G. Erkens
Work address: Steenschuur 25 (KOG)
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7637
Institution: Public Law
Division: Labour Law
Room number secretariat: Steenschuur 25 (KOG)
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9.00-17.00 hrs
Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 7713
In case of (corona)restrictions imposed by the government, this course description is subject to change.