LAWS6022 - International & Comparative Labour Law


This unit will explore current important aspects of international and comparative labour law, with a special focus on EU and European developments.


Topics to be covered include: national labour law systems and comparative labour law 'typologies'; ILO standards and fundamental rights (and possible tensions between regulation at international, regional and national/constitutional levels); characteristics of EU labour law; the personal scope of labour law; fundamental trade union rights, collective bargaining and information and consultation (including the so-called 'Laval Quartet' case law and conflicts between fundamental trade union rights and economic free movement rights); flexicurity, employment protection and regulation of flexible work; non-discrimination legislation; labour law in times of economic crisis. In coordinating and teaching this unit

Prof Rönnmar draws on her experiences from previous research in this field, and from her work as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations.


Semester 2 Intensive
1, 2 & 8, 9 August 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.


  • 1 x 2,500 Word Assignment (30%)
  • 1 x 6,000 Word Essay (70%)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of International Law | Graduate Diploma in International Law | Master of Labour Law and Relations