Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Second semester 2013 (Evening)



This unit studies international law and some aspects of comparative law in the field of collective and individual labour and employment relations. The unit will examine the major sources of international law, namely the international labour conventions and recommendations elaborated by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Conference, and relevant doctrine of the ILO supervisory bodies, such as the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations and the Committee on Freedom of Association.

The units also examines the direction of European Community law, what can be learnt from its approach and some challenges to international labour law including globalisation. Examples will be given from other countries including Asia, United Kingdom and Australia.


The objectives of the unit are to:

  1. examine and analyse the sources of international law in the labour and employment area, particularly the role of the ILO
  2. analyse the role of the international supervisory bodies in labour law, particularly the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations and the Committee on Freedom of Association
  3. examine the labour law of the European Union and its direction
  4. examine the influence of the international bodies in labour law reform
  5. discuss and analyse challenges in international labour law.


One research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
One take-home examination/assignment (3,750 words): 50%

With the approval of the lecturer and the LLM convenor, a student may undertake an assignment of 7500 words for 100 per cent of the marks.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

24 contact hours per teaching period (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)