Trade liberalization and labour rights

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at providing students with the legal tools to deal with the ongoing balance between the so called labour rights and the trend towards the phenomenon of trade liberalization.
In particular, the course aims at:
- Analyzing the source, the levels and the actors involved;
- Examining similarities and differences between human rights and labour rights;
- Understanding the main legal issues and the challenges involved in balancing the economic interests with the social needs;
- Developing critical-thinking skills.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students should:
- Have advanced knowledge of the topic;
- Be able to identify and analyse the legal issues related to the topic;
- Conduct basic research on the topic;
- Think about the topic in a critical way.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Lectures will take place on Microsoft Teams in synchronous mode, at scheduled times, and will be recorded and available on the same platform.
Information on how to access the lessons on Microsoft Teams and other teaching instructions will be uploaded to ARIEL, which you are advised to consult regularly.
If the health situation allows it, in compliance with the regulations in force, lessons may also be held in classroom (mixed mode); in this case, students will be promptly informed on ARIEL.
In any case, the lessons will be recorded and made available to students for the whole semester.

Both the programme and the reference material of the course are unchanged.

There are no changes to the methods for assessing learning and the assessment criteria.
The examination will take place orally on the Microsoft Teams platform.
If the health situation allows it, subject to the availability of classrooms and the necessary safety conditions, the examination will be held in the classroom.
However, students who are unable to travel will be able to take the examination remotely.
More precise indications and updates will be available on Ariel, which should therefore be consulted regularly.
Course syllabus
This course aims at providing students with the legal tools to deal with the international ongoing balance between the so called labour rights and the trend towards the phenomenon of trade liberalization.
The course is divided into three parts.
The first part of the course, after dealing with the key words (it means the main concepts related to "trade liberalization and labour rights", such as: globalization, free trade, fair trade, sustainable development, human rights, social rights) focuses on the levels (national, supranational, international, transnational), actors (States, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations, Trade unions, Corporations, Courts, Consumers) and sources (hard law versus soft law) involved in this field and their interactions.
The second part of the course is devoted to the study of the most important "worldwide issues" related to "trade liberalization and labour rights", including: Discrimination, Unionism, Child labour, Forced Labour, Migration, Labour Conditions.
The third part of the course analyses how some actors (in particular: the ILO, the EU, Italy) face the new challenges related to the aforesaid phenomenon.
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge required.
Teaching methods
The teaching activity will be delivered through frontal lessons, supported by slides downloadable from ARIEL, in which a constant interaction with the students will be required.
The attendance is recommended.
Teaching Resources
Students are required to study the material made available on ARIEL.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The expected learning outcomes will be ascertained through an oral exam which will tend to verify the student's ability to apply the knowledge acquired during the course.
To pass the exam an assessment of at least 18/30 is required.
The final grade may be refused by the students who will be allowed to resit the exam the following session.
The evaluation criteria will be related to the student's ability in re-elaborating the notions acquired.
IUS/07 - LABOUR LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Section of Labour Law