This advanced course focuses on a profound study of collective labour law. For this purpose thematic files are prepared which will allow a profound analysis of a number of important collective labour law topics. For the academic year 2015-2016 the following items were selected: on the one hand, the issue of the organization of social elections – which will be held in 2016- including dismissal protection for the members of the committee and the works council, and on the other hand, the just as topical issue of the restructuring of enterprises. Each topic will be dealt with in two sessions. In the first session the topic will be explored in depth on the basis of a reading file and interactively, with attention for both the national and international context. Subsequently, students must apply the acquired theoretic knowledge to a concrete assignment, which depending on the topic may include the analysis of a collective labour agreement, the editing of a recommendation, solving a case, the defence of a postulate, analysis of the literature consulted. In a second session, these assignments will then be discussed in group. It is the intention to organize visits relevant to both topics, e.g. a visit to a company or a visit to industrial tribunals. There will be individual performance evaluation talks with regard to these assignments. The second semester will be completed with a lecture expanding on the most recent developments in collective labour law.
Students are free to participate in the visits organized during the first semester of the Master’s programme.
For students taking part in the Erasmus programme replacement assignments will be available. They too are free to participate in the visits planned as part of the normal programme.