Trade liberalization and labour rights

A.A. 2017/2018
Insegnamento per
Crediti massimi
Ore totali
Obiettivi formativi
The course aims at providing students with legal tools to deal with the problems related to the phenomenon of trade liberalization, that to some extent affects labour rights worldwide.

Course goals:
· understanding the link between human rights and labour rights
· understanding the difficult balance between economic and social needs
· understanding the complexity of the levels, actors, sources involved
· examining the most important case studies on this field
By the end of the course students should be able to:
· identify the main link between economic and social issues
· understand how deeply trade liberalization affects labour rights
· critically evaluate the most important tools and strategies used in this field
· improve the legal language on this topic

Struttura insegnamento e programma

Edizione attiva
The course is divided into three parts.
The first part of the course, after dealing with 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), the actors (States, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations, Trade unions, Corporations, Courts, Consumers) and the sources (hard law versus soft law) involved in this field and their interaction.
The second part of the course is devoted to the study of widespread 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 face this matter (in particular from the perspectives of ILO, EU, Italy, USA, etc.).
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Students will be evaluated upon both their active participation to classes and the marks obtained in the final written and oral test.
Metodi didattici
Class attendance is mandatory (to be able to sit the exam students will be required to attend at least 75% of classes).
The syllabus will be provided at the beginning of the course.
Some lessons will be dedicated to the discussion of the most important case-studies.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
The study material will be available on ARIEL after each lesson.

Suggested preparatory readings
R. Bellace, Human Rights at Work: The Need for Definitional Coherence in the Global Governance System, The International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial relations 2014, pp. 175-198
Secondo semestre
Secondo semestre
Modalità di valutazione
Giudizio di valutazione
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
martedì 15.00-16.00
via Festa del Perdono 7 (sezione di diritto del lavoro)
lunedì 10.00. Eventuali variazioni di orario verranno pubblicate sul sito del Dipartimento alla pagina
sezione di Diritto del Lavoro - Via Festa del Perdono 7