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Global and European Labour Law (Advanced LL.M.)

About the programme

In the Global and European Labour Law Programme you will study a combination of public international, European, and transnational private labour law, analysing their functioning and effectiveness from a comparative perspective.

Matias Vega

Alumnus, Legal expert at the UN World Food Programme

Matias Vega

"Knowledge and experience acquired during my studies including international and European labour law helped me a lot in my work at different agencies of the United Nations."

" At the International Labour Organisation for instance, I could not have done much without knowing basics such as labour standards, labour rights, the Tripartite Declaration for Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). I am particularly proud of having been able to assess and report on the situation regarding the Declaration for MNEs in each African country and the region. For that job, my studies were extremely relevant.

My studies also helped me in other jobs, particularly at the World Food Programme, when the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) started to influence and cause change in regards to policy. Especially, in the area of due diligence and labour rights."

Raul Dimitriu

Alumnus, Senior Associate, Corporate Governance Sustainalytics

Raul Dimitriu

"Knowledge about global and European labour law gave me a head start in taking my legal career to the next level. Currently I work in the ever-changing field of corporate governance, and on a daily basis I rely on my knowledge gained during my education."

"It enabled me to understand the workings of a corporation from a structural as well as individual-employee level and the mixed insights on collective and individual labour law equipped me to understand the intricacies of a cross border employment contract. If you are looking to set yourself apart with a unique, international specialisation, then this Master’s is for you."

Programme overview

The overall objective of the programme is to provide you with an advanced knowledge of the elements of Global and European Labour Law. The programme includes a comparative approach which helps you to gain thorough understanding of the various mechanisms to promote, respect and ensure compliance with labour rights. Furthermore, the programme provides you insights on how different organisations deal with the challenges of labour law, such as the digitalisation of work, platform work, and new forms of forced labour.

More information about the programme structure

Educational methods

The teaching takes place in small, seminar style classes, which require your active participation. You will be taught by experts from the Labour Law Department of Leiden University and of the University of Amsterdam, visiting international professors and distinguished legal practitioners specialised in specific aspects of global and European labour law.

While maintaining the highest academic standards, this programme will help you further develop your professional skills through giving presentations, writing papers in different styles and participating in a moot court on European labour law.

You will complete the programme by writing a thesis.

Student support services

The programme coordinator will be your first point of contact before, during and after the programme. The coordinator can help you with all kinds of practical questions related to your programme and can refer you to someone else if necessary. 

Webinar Global and European Labour Law

Webinar Global and European Labour Law

In December, the programme GELL participated in a webinar from Leiden University.

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