LAW5398 - Transnational labour law - 2018

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.



Chief examiner(s)

Justice Alan Boulton

Quota applies

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

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • Trimester 3 2018 (On-campus block of classes)


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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 transnational labour law, namely the international labour conventions and recommendations elaborated by the International Labour Organization (ILO), and relevant doctrine elaborated by the ILO supervisory bodies. The unit also examines other sources of transnational labour law including United Nations human rights and equality treaties and European Union law, and the growing importance of international labour norms as a result of more globalised trade and supply chains.. Examples will be given of the application and influence of transnational labour law in a variety of Asian and European countries 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, particularly in relation to new challenges and situations in professional practice;
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to the role of transnational labour law;
  • Conduct research into labour law of the European Union and Asian countries and its direction based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods; and
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to transnational labour law and the influence of the international norms on the development and reform of national laws and practice.


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)