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EU/EEA students: 15 June (September intake)
With the globalization of the economy, labour law too has become a global subject. Issues as corporate social responsibility and decent work are becoming standards all companies and States have to comply with. Various rules and mechanisms exist to promote and ensure labour rights, among which the Conventions of the ILO, directives of the European Union, human rights treaties and the Guiding Principles of the OECD and the UN. This programme is unique in the world since you will study and compare all these rules and mechanisms from a primarily legal perspective with an eye for the difference between the law in the books and the law in practice, as well as with a sense for the various economic, social, political and cultural contexts.
The programme is specifically designed to address the increasingly complex and multi-layered nature of global and European labour law. The overall objective of the programme is to provide you with an advanced and thorough knowledge of global and European labour law through a comparative approach. In the programme, you will be required to complete eight courses and write a thesis. Particular emphasis is placed on perfecting research skills and critical reflection. This will be achieved through assigned readings, analytical essays, small group discussions, presentations, guest lectures and a thesis.
The programme consists of eight courses and a thesis. The courses are:
For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e-Prospectus.
Our graduates meet the requirements for a range of positions as a legal professional, including national governments and public administration (within international organisations, as well as European as national), within the judiciary, quasi-judicial bodies, or (policy) advisory bodies (including social-economic councils) on employment and labour law matters, within national, regional, international non-governmental organisations dealing with social rights, within trade unions (national, European and global) or other bodies of workers representation (e.g. world works coucils), within employers organisations and associations, especially at European and global level, HRM departments of multinational or internationally operating enterprises, within law firms specialising in employment and labour law cases and to pursue an academic career by continuing further academic research, e.g. in a PhD programme in the area of labour standards or social rights.
Do you want to apply for this programme at Leiden University? Find out how to apply by following the step-by step guide.
Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you.
We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!