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LA9B0 - International Labour Law

  • Module code: LA9B0
  • Module name: International Labour Law
  • Department: Law School
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module explores the development of social rights and labour law in globalised labour markets, with particular attention to international standard-setting through the International Labour Organisation (ILO). This includes consideration of the fundamental values which underlie the framework for regulation at the supra-national level, from the Declaration of Philadelphia to the modern day. The institutional framework of the ILO is evaluated by reference to its effectiveness in delivering and monitoring international labour standards and rights. There is an assessment of the international ILO conventions and recommendations introduced since 1919, with focus on the trend towards identifying a set of so-called "core labour standards". A variety of specific issues are examined in the context of the ILO's "decent work" initiatives -- including the right to work, regulation of working hours, prohibition of discrimination in employment, and protections against unjustified dismissal. There is a brief consideration of the work of regional standard-setting and monitoring arrangements beneath the umbrella of the ILO -- including the work of the Council of Europe, and labour market issues arising in contexts such as ASEAN, MERCOSUR, and NAFTA. Finally, there is an examination of modern standard-setting activity, reform of Labour Law in developing economies, and the challenge of "corporate social responsibility" to traditional approaches aimed at improving the quality of work in increasingly globalised labour markets.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: LA9B0-20)
A (Assessed work only) 4000 word essay 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Politics (M1P0) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught LLM in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (M221) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Commercial Law (M223) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught International Commercial Law (M223) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Economic Law (M3P7) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Advanced Legal Studies (M3PJ) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies with (with NTU Singapore) (M91F) - Year 2