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Privatissimum: Comparative Labour Law


Course Description

One of the core elements of the advanced studies on Global and European Labour Law is to create awareness, knowledge and understanding of the legal pluralistic world of work. Knowledge and understanding of comparative research is essential in order to understand and analyse this pluralistic world of labour law. Therefore this course offers an introduction in the methods of comparative research. Really understanding how comparative research works, what its benefits and pitfalls are only works when applied in actual research. The second part of this course therefore is of practical nature and requires students to perform various forms of comparative research. This could include a comparison between the labour law of two countries; between the labour law of the ILO with that of the European Union; the European Union or ILO with that of a Member State; and/or between hard law (EU Directive / ILO Convention) and soft law (e.g. transnational company agreements).

Students' writing and presentation skills are further developed by writing different styles of documents, such as a case commentary, a plea note, an advise for a minister, etc. and a 10 minute presentation on the main point in an advise, making a plea, etc.

The topic of the comparative research in the various assignments will be set by the teacher guiding the particular seminar group. By nature of this course, the seminar groups are limited in size of appr. 8-10 students per group.

Course Requirement

Master Degree


The timetable of this course will be available for students in Blackboard


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Assessment Method

  • Oral presentation: 20%

  • Four assignments to be prepared for the seminars: 80%

Contact information

Programme Coordinator
Ms Patricia Garcia Fernandez
Telephone number: 0031- 71 527 4228

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