Amsterdam, Netherlands

Labour Rights in Global Supply-Chains

online course
when 9 January 2023 - 20 January 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 800

Through a general introduction of international labour law students will become familiar with the institutional framework of the International Labour Organisation and the legal nature of international labour law (from both a global and a regional perspective), and various legislative techniques, material aspects and the impact of international labour law on the domestic legal order of the member states.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Klara Boonstra has extensive experience in both the academic field of national and international labour law, and the field of politics and policy-makers.

Target group

Master’s students, PhD candidates, Post-Doc researchers and professionals.

Course aim

By the end of this course, students will:

-Understand the institutional and legislative framework relating to the ILO and the other international organisations involved in the protection of social rights
-Have an insight into the obligations of ILO member states' and the effectiveness of the ILO supervisory machinery
-Have basic knowledge of the regulation of work and the role of labour and social security law at international level (predominantly ILO, but also UN, Council of Europe and other regional organisations); - Have an understanding and knowledge of the ILO’s tripartite structure, which seeks an equal voice for workers, employers and government
-Identify and apply soft-law regulatory mechanisms in this field, such as the OECD guidelines for multinational companies, the UN Global Compact and varying CSR instruments
-Have an insight into the development of civil law litigation that is increasingly having an impact on the risk management of multinational corporations
-Be able to analyse labour law and decent work issues in the context of different national legal systems from the perspective of international labour law
-Be able to make a case concerning a supply-chain in a multinational company, in which both international public law and other legal doctrines are applied with the aim to solve violations of fundamental labour rights and if possible compensate the victims/aggrieved parties
-Be able to apply all the different legal instruments in order to create an effective remedy for human rights violations in a supply-chain.

Fee info

EUR 800: -Students, PhD students and employees of VU Amsterdam: €500
-Students and PhD students: €600
-Professionals: €800
Applications received before 15 October €50 receive Early Bird Discount


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