|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||IUS/07|
The course is designed to provide students with an essential and critical knowledge of EU labour law that is nowadays a fundamental part of every European Member State’s national law. The course is particularly focused on Freedom of movement; Non-discrimination and equality of treatment; Flexible work; Workers’ participation in firms’ restructuring and in the decision-making process; Conflict between economic freedoms and social rights. Comparative research will be always taken into account.
The aim of the course is to provide participants with a knowledge of various aspects of EU labour law and with the ability to present and discuss some of the most important judgments in this field. Particular attention will be paid to directives and measures adopted by the European Union and to important judgments delivered by the European Court of Justice. Among the most relevant topics, we may mention: the free movement of workers; equality directives and prohibition of discrimination in employment and occupation; the contract of employment (Working Time Directive, Part-Time Work, Fixed-Term Agreements); employment protection (collective redundancies, transfers of undertakings, insolvency); workers participation in the decision-making process (information and consultation rights; European Work Councils; Societas Europaea); conflict and balance between economic freedoms and fundamental social rights.
EU labour law is designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in all major fields of labour law at EU level. Notably, it aims to provide specific skills and knowledge in the following topics:
At the end of the course, students will be expected to have:
The course is entirely taught in English language with the support of power point presentations. Attending students are required to actively contribute to the discussion of judgments of the EU Court of Justice and other teaching materials. Attending students may also give a presentation discussing one or more judgments of the EU Court. In the light of the strong participation of Erasmus students, comparison between different legal systems is also developed; notably, students are invited to explain their different legal perspectives and interpretations of some common problems and issues.
Readings for attending students (80% of presence during the course)
Readings for non-attending students
CINZIA CARTA (President)
ANNAMARIA DONINI (President Substitute)
GIULIA BANDELLONI (Substitute)
BEATRICE DASSORI (Substitute)
DANIELA DEL DUCA (Substitute)
II semester from February 13th to April 11th 2023.
- For attending students, this subject is examined by a takehome paper on one topic to be chosen among three. The paper is of maximum 5.000 words and must be sent before the exam and discussed during the exam, where other issues will be also addressed (on two other topics other than the one exposed in the written paper). Class participation is also strongly considered.
- For non-attending students (those who have attended less than 28 hours of lectures) the exam is an oral exam that will consist of at least three questions about all the programme.
The exam for attending students aims to verify that the student has acquired the knowledge contained in the programme. In order to do this, attending student are required to write a short dissertation in which they discuss relevant EU labour law topics. The dissertation allows to ascertain whether they have become able to use, understand and interpret, also in a critical perspective, the different sources of EU law (Treaties, regulations, directives, judgments of the EUCJ). Also, the takehome paper allows student to carry out, individually, a scientific research in English language, learning how to use the library resources and the EU and international databases. The oral discussion of the paper is turned to confirm that they have effectively acquired these abilities and that they are able to discuss EU labour law topics.
For non attending students, the exam will aim at verifying whether the student has acquired the knowledge contained in the programme and the degree of authonomous and critial thinking in this respect.