cod. 1005194

Academic year 2020/21
5° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Diritto del lavoro (IUS/07)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
36 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The study and class attendance will allow the student to:
- develop an in-depth knowledge of the founding principles of European labour law, with specific reference to the Union's action in the field of labor market; regulation of non-standard contractual models and the related principles developed by the CJEU;
- explore the positive content of European labor law, particularly with regard to the Directives on non-standard contractual models and on outsourcing and decentralization of production;
- acquire an equally complete knowledge of intervention models in the international context carried out by the European Union to promote the protection of workers' rights in developing countries and, in general, of the principles laid down in international law on the relationship between trade and labor;
- analyze the choices made by the Italian and other domestic legislation in the implementation of European law and their compatibility with the directives and related legal principles as endorsed by the CJEU;
- acquire ample abilities to understand the dynamics and the functioning mechanisms of the relationship between domestic laws, international legal systems and production patterns in the complex panorama of the global economic system;
- acquire the ability to use the principles of European labor law as a tool for resolving disputes related to employment relationships and labor relations


In order to take the exam for European and International Labor Law, Italian students must have passed the Language Skill test - B1 English language and have passed the examinations of Principles of Private Law, Principles of Roman Law, Constitutional Law and Labour Law.

N.B.: Starting from the academic year 2009-2010, students enrolled in the Corso di laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza that have passed the exam acquire the 3 CFU in relation to the exam of Legal Language - English language.
Having already passed the exams of Labour law and European union law is highly suggested

Course unit content

The course concerns European and International labour law, with reference also to comparative labor law. In particular, it analyzes the social policy of the European Union with regard to the labour market and the models of non-standard contracts; the external action of EU to promote the protection of labor in developing countries; the regulation of some legal institutions related to the employment relationship or collective labor relations in non-European countries with similar legal traditions

Full programme

The course is divided into three parts:
Part I:

- General principles of the European legislation and work policies (flexicurity);
- Non-standard contracts and outsourcing: study of the concerned Directives; CJEU case-law; implementation of European directives into the Italian domestic legal system (with particular attention to the compatibility with the principles laid down by the Directives and European case law);
- CJEU case-law on transnational collective conflicts and the relationship between conflict and competition

II part
- The external action of European Union aimed to promote the protection of labor in developing countries

III part
- Collective conflict and competition in the legal system of the United States;


The course materials are indicated or distributed during classes and are related to the topics discussed during the course.
For students who do not attend classes the suggested text is Anne C. L. Davies, EU Labour Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, in the most recent edition.
Students, who attend or do not attend classes, have the opportunity to undertake research works on topics agreed upon with the professor, which will be discussed during the examination.
Such activities will grant a reduction of the topics to be studied on the suggested text book

Teaching methods

The course consists of heuritstic-socratic classes and the analysis of case-studies on the most significant case-law on the treated matters.
Classes are focused on interaction between the teacher and students in the analysis of all the topics. Therefore active participation by students is required.
Students will be required to right papers on some of the treated subjects, which will be presented by power point in class.
Lessons, possibly held in person, will also be accessibile remotely in the ways that the teacher deems most effective.
The teaching materials used during the lessons (eg slides) will be made available on Elly.

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of learning objectives achieved by students takes place through oral examinations, based on at least two questions, which can be preceded by written exercises, for students who attend the course.

The oral tests are aimed at verifying:
- The knowledge of the theoretical and dogmatic principles concerning the topics covered by the course and the content of the different institutions treated, as well as the legal scholarship and case law;
- An understanding of the processes of evolution concerning the different legal systems object of the course;
- The relationship between legal and economic-social dynamics;
- The ability in resolution of cases.

Written examinations carried out by the student who attend the course consist of open questions tests, which target the resolution of cases, on the basis of the case law discussed.
Intermediate tests can be carried out on Elly, in accordance with the indications coming from the university on carrying out remote tests.
Papers made by the students (who attend or not the course), as well as the degree of interaction with the teacher and colleagues demonstrated during the classes will be taken into account within the result of the examination.
If due to the persistence of the health emergency it will be necessary to integrate the conduct of the exams with the remote modality, the oral tests will be carried out on the Teams platform

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