LAW5398 - International labour law - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

Not offered in 2017


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Previously coded as LAW7449


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.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the sources of international law in the labour and employment area, particular the role of the ILO with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice;
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to 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;
  • Conduct research into labour law of the European Union and its direction based on knowledge of appropriate research principle and methods; and
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to international labour law and the influence of the international bodies in labour law reform.


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.

Workload requirements

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

Chief examiner(s)