European Labour Law

I. General Principles
1. Sources of Law
2. Basic Principles
II. European Employment Contract Law
1. Employer’s Obligation to Inform When Concluding a Contract
2. Protection Against Discrimination Within the Employment Relationship a) Equal Pay for Men and Women b) General Anti-Discrimination Law
3. Employee’s Rights in the Event of Restructuring or Closures of Companies a) Transfer of Undertakings b) Mass Dismissals c) Insolvency of the Employer 4. Particular Forms of Employment a) Part-time Work b) Fixed-term Contracts c) Agency Employment
III. European Law on the Protection of Employees at Work
1. Health Protection and Safety at Work
2. Maternity Protection, Parental Leave, Protection of Young People at Work 3. Regulation of Working Time
IV. Collective Labor Law
1. Collective Bargaining Law and Trade Dispute Law
2. European Works Councils
3. Involvement in the Organs of the European Company (Societas Europaea)
4. General Framework for Informing and Consulting Employees
V. International Labor Law (Conflict of Laws)
1. Applicable Substantive Law
2. Court of Jurisdiction

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Antoine T.J.M. Jacobs, Guide to European Labour Law, Open Press TiU (2021).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, discussions, case studies, legal text analysis, case law analysis

Assessment methods and criteria

Written final exam (50%); Continuous assessment, student participation, group discussion and analysis of legal problems (50%)
Content-related assessment criteria: degree of problem identification and problem characterisation, complexity of the solutions.
Formal criteria: completeness of the answers, task-specific requirements, linguistic differentiation of the presentation of results.

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

European Economy and Business Management (English)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



5 WS



Learning outcome

Graduates are able to name the objectives of European labor law and its means of regulation within the framework of the competence clauses; to discuss the existence of a European social model; to determine whether a case falls within the scope of European labor law; to examine whether the free movement of workers has been violated; to locate and expertly discuss leading decisions of the ECJ on labor law; and to delineate the national possibilities of regulation within the framework of Union law.

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