Amsterdam, Netherlands

Labour Rights in Global Supply-Chains

when 16 July 2023 - 30 July 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 1050

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 1050: Tuition fees two-week course

VU Students/PhD candidates and employees of VU Amsterdam* or an Aurora Network Partner €700
Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam €950
Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam €1050
Professionals €1250

Early Bird offer

Applications received before 15 March (14 March CET 23:59) receive €50 Early Bird discount!


VU Amsterdam Summer School offers two kinds of scholarships: the Equal Access Scholarship and the Photographer Scholarship. More information can be found on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.