International and European Labour Law


About this course

International and European Labour Law are gaining importance due to the process of globalisation of the economy and the ongoing integration of Europe. Moreover the recognition of the fundamental social rights on the international and European scale is resulting in a growing influence of the international and European labour law on the industrial relations and social policy of the states. So, national labour law will be increasingly shaped by international labour standards and more in particular by EU employment law.

The objective of this course is to familiarize the students from the various countries with the specific issues of the international and European labour law, its instruments and the way and forms the standards as laid down in the several international legal sources, are implemented in and will affect the national legal systems.

First a dispatch will be given of the important international organisations and their power and competences to establish labour standards to be implemented in the national legislation and/or recognised in the case law of the countries: the International Labour Organisation, the Council of Europe and the European Union.

Then some substantive issues of international and European labour law will be discussed; the freedom of trade union association and the right to collective bargaining, the right to equal treatment in employment, the right to collective action, working conditions and health and safety at the workplace, dismissal and collective redundancies.

Not possible in combination with RGBOI0300 International and European Labour Law.

Place of the course within the curriculum:
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Learning outcomes

After this course:

  • the student has knowledge and understanding of the main issues of international and European labour law, especially of the fundamental rights of collective bargaining, strike and equal treatment.• the student can deal with questions on direct effect of international and European labor law in national labour law.
  • the student can place issues in an international and European context.
  • the student is able to analyze, build up argumentation and present his findings in a paper in English.
  • the student is able to plead and present his findings during the moot court.

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Good to know

Do you study at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) or Wageningen University and Research (WUR)? You can enrol via

Required prior knowledge

You must meet the following requirements

  • Completed all course modules listed below
  • Introduction to Property Law (RGBUPRV002)
  • Introduction to Law of Obligations (RGBUPRV001)
  • Foundations of Law (RGBUSBR001)
  • Intro Constitutional/Administrative Law (RGBUSBR002)
  • Introduction to Criminal Law (RGBUSTR001)

Link to more information

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  • Start date

    3 February 2025

    • Ends
      20 April 2025
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      Period 3
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