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European Labour Law

Course 2011-2012

Admission requirements

Background in law and sufficient command of English. Preferably students are familiar with the basics of European law.

Description

Social Policy is increasingly incorporated as a subject of European law. The Social Dialogue with labour and management organisations leads to agreements that can be transformed into Directives of the Council. Legislation at European level is enacted in several areas of Labour and Employment Law, such as the free movement of workers, equal treatment, restructuring of enterprises, a-typical working relations, information and consultation of workers and health & safety.

The aim of this course is to give an overview of the influence of European Labour Law, legislation and case law in this field and the specific procedures foreseen in the EU-treaty for the creation, implementation and enforcement of European Labour Law. Where possible and useful, reference will also be made to the national systems of Labour Law of the EU member states.

Course Objectives

Objectives of the course:
The aim of this course is to give an overview of the influence of European Labour Law, legislation and case law in this field and the specific procedures foreseen in the EU-treaty for the creation, implementation and enforcement of European Labour Law. Where possible and useful, reference will also be made to the national systems of Labour Law of the EU member states.

Achievement levels:
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:

  • Historical background knowledge of labour law in general within the EU
  • Knowledge of the three different methods by which the EU creates labour law
  • Application of EU labour legislation to simple cases

Timetable

See: http://www.leidenuniv.nl/rechten/osi/wg/

Mode of instruction

Lectures

  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 1 lecture of 2 × 45 min a week for 10 weeks
  • Names of lecturers: Prof Dr G.J.J. Heerma van Voss
  • Required preparation by students: Required reading for each class

Seminars

  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: 1 seminar of 2 × 45 min a week for 10 weeks
  • Names of instructors: Prof Dr G.J.J. Heerma van Voss
  • Required preparation by students: Literature and cases

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam.

Areas to be tested within the exam
Compulsory materials, reader and any other topics discussed in class.

Blackboard

The reader contains the assignments, relevant background materials and a selection of the prescribed case-law – the rest of the case-law and useful additional information can be found on the blackboard site.

More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials
Literature:

  • Blackstone EU Treaties and Legislation

Course information guide:

  • Working book (also on Blackboard)

Reader:

  • Reader I + II
  • Reader III (ECJ cases)

Registration

Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact details

  • Coordinator: Prof. Dr G.J.J. Heerma van Voss
  • Work address: Steenschuur 25 (KOG), room B1.07
  • Contact information: Thursday 12:00-13:00
  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7626
  • E-mail: g.j.j.heerma@law.leidenuniv.nl

Institution/division

  • Institution: Public Law
  • Division: Labour Law
  • Room number secretariat: Steenschuur 25 (KOG), room B1.21
  • Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00-15:00
  • Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 7636
  • E-mail: p.c.baartman@law.leidenuniv.nl

Remarks

None