1666 International Labour Law

1666 International Labour Law

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
  • 2nd or 3rd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 30
  • Other forms of study: 90
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Valentina Franca, PhD

1. Objectives and competences

The objectives:

  • thorough acquaintance with international labour law and its meaning for the development of national legislations
  • understanding the European social model
  • knowledge of essential characteristics of the international legal regulation of individual and collective labour rights
  • acquire wide knowledge of selected and actual matters about the international labour law in the European Union and in selected member states.


  • the ability to apply law in the area of the international labour law;.
  • the ability to apply legal acts and legal norms of major international organizations in the field of international labour law;
  • the ability to research international labour law in selected specific areas;
  • the ability to understand the importance of   international courts for the development of labour law on the international and national level;
  • the ability to communicate with the international organisations, especially in the field of labour law;
  • the ability to understand the degree of the participation of a selected country in the international legal activities in the international regulation of labour relationships,
  • the ability for the application of international sources of labour law in a selected country,
  • the ability to understand the establishment of observance or breaching of international legal regulations and legal consequences of such deeds.

2. Content

  • The definition, development and the purpose of international labour law
  • The role of international organizations in developing international labour law
  • The normative activity of the International Labor Organization; the importance of conventions and recommendations for international labor law
  • The role of Council of Europe in developing international labour law, especially the meaning of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and the European Social Charter (revised)
  • European Labour Law: legal sources, social policy and employment strategy
  • The jurisprudence of international courts (the EU Court of Justice and the Court of Human Rights)
  • The development of individual and collective labour relations on the international level and its influence on national legislations

3. Readings

  • Blanpain, Roger. 2014. European Labour Law,  14th Revised Edition , Walters Kluwer
  • Kenner, J.,  I. Florczak in M. Otto (ur.), 2018. Precarious work. The challenges for labour law in Europe, Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Franca, Valentina. 2009. Sodelovanje zaposlenih pri poslovnem odločanju : pravni in kadrovski vidiki s primeri iz sodne in podjetniške prakse. Ljubljana: Planet GV.
  • Izbrani pravni predpisi Mednarodne organizacije dela (konvencije in priporočila), Sveta Evrope (Evropska konvencija o varstvu človekovih pravic in spremenjena Evropska socialna listina) ter Evropske unije (uredbe, direktive)
  • Izbrana sodna praksa Sodišča EU in Evropskega sodišča za človekove pravice
  • Drugi izbrani pravni predpisi področja predmeta in sodna praksa posamezne države.
  • Članki in druga gradiva, posredovana na predavanjih oziroma v e-učilnici.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Student will acquire:

  • general theoretical knowledge about international labour law, which can be applied in practice and in further study and research;
  • knowledge on the functioning of international organizations and their significance (normative and de facto) at international and national level.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Frontal teaching with active students’ participation
  • Work in smaller groups/pairs
  • Independent research work of students
  • Evaluation of the independent research work of students
  • E-learning

6. Assessment

  • Written or oral exam or oral exam, which has to be positive (at least 50 %) (60%)
  • Written tasks (longer and shorter) and active participation (40%)