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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: School of Law Short Name: LAWM034
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: KONSTADINIDES T Dr (Schl of Law)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)










Qualifying Condition(s)


Overall mark of 50%


Module Overview

EC Employment Law

Module Aims

The course aims to equip the student with the knowledge of the general principles of both individual and collective employment law and their function within the European Community.  Its purpose is to provide a clear understanding of the social policy and employment policy objectives viewing them in the wider context of European economic and political integration

Learning Outcomes

The module’s learning outcomes are


·               Knowledge of the evolution of EC Employment Law as expressed in the ‘hard’ EC law (i.e. through successive amendments of the EC Treaty and the EU Constitutional Treaty), ‘soft’ EC law (EC Directives) and the case law of the European Court of Justice


·               Understanding of employment law in the wider context of the Community fundamental principles and freedoms (i.e. Free Movement of Persons, Establishment, Services)


·               The ability to evaluate Human Rights and Social Rights in the context of Employment Law


·               Understanding the development and purpose of Employment Protection, Equality and Discrimination (including sex, race, age and disability discrimination and equal pay)


·               The ability to assess the impact of the British membership in EC on employment law



Module Content

·         Evolution & Constitutional Questions of EC Employment Law


·         From Market Building to Social Order: Nature & Purpose of EC Employment Law


·         Free Movement of Workers in the European Community


·         From Human Rights to Social Rights


·         Equality between Men and Women: Equal Pay


·         The Equality Agenda


·         Discrimination and Article 13 EC


·         EC Law and the Contract of Employment


·         and the Working Time Directive


·         Principles of Collective Labour Law


·         The Law of the Single Market and Employment Law


Methods of Teaching/Learning

8 x 3-hour sessions spread across the semester

Selected Texts/Journals

Essential reading


Barnard, C. EC Essential Law ( Oxford University Press, 2006)



Background reading


Ashiagbor, D. ‘The European Employment Strategy Labour Market Regulation and New Governance’, Oxford Monographs on Labour Law ( Oxford University Press, 2005)


Barnard, C. The Substantive Law of the EU ( Oxford University Press, 2006)


Craig & De Burca EU Law (3rd Edition, Oxford , 2003)


Ellis, E. European Community Sex Equality Law (2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, 1998)


Foster, N. EC Legislation 2006-07 (Blackstone, 2006)


Giubboni, S. ‘Social Rights and Market Freedom in the European Constitution: A Labour Law Perspective’, Cambridge Studies in European Law and Policy ( Cambridge , 2006)


Guerrina, R. Mothering the Union: The Politics of Gender, Equality and Maternity Rights in the EU ( Manchester University Press, 2005)


Hantrais, L. Social Policy on the European Union (Macmillan, 2000)


Hervey, T. European Social Law and Policy (Longman, 2000)


Kallen, E. Social Inequality and Social Injustice, A Human Rights Perspective (Palgrave, 2003)


Kleiman, M. A European Welfare State? European Union Social Policy in Context (Palgrave, 2002)


Millns, S & Diaz, M. (Eds) Gender Equality and the Future of the European Union (Palgrave, 2006)


Shaw, J (Ed) Social Law and Policy in an Evolving European Law (Hart Publishing, 2000)


Szyszcak, E. EC Labour Law (Longman, 2000)


Upex, R., Benny, R & Hardy, S. Labour Law ( Oxford University Press, 2004)


Weatherill, S EU Law: Cases and Materials (7th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2006)





Industrial Law Journal


European Journal of Industrial Relations


Journal of European Social Policy


Employee Relations


International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations


Journal of Common Market Studies


Journal of European Public Policy


Common Market Law Review


Public Administration


European Law Review


European Law Journal


Maastricht Law Journal


Legal Issues of European Integration



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