JUS5870 – European Labour Law

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Globalisation, Internationalisation and Europeanisation in markets and regulatory regimes affects the everyday work with labour law considerably. International conventions and case law are instrumental to the fundamental rights to organise, to collective bargaining and to recourse to collective bargaining, and moreover to the promotion of decent work in a global context.

On the European scene, EU/EEA law has considerable influence on national labour law and industrial relations. Adapting European law to national legal institutions and comprehending different regimes across national boundaries are of the essence to deal with current issues in the field. European law gives rise to complicated issues involving different legal disciplines and influencing national legal institutions in various ways. Free movement rights including cross-border provisions of services and posting of workers across national boundaries is just one example of such a complicated issue. The increasing internationalisation of labour relations poses challenges also to matters of jurisdiction and the choice of applicable law, rendering private international law increasingly important in the wider field of labour law.

These and many other issues will be dealt with in the course European Labour Law. The course will focus on the labour law of the European Union (EU) and its interaction with national and international labour law. Particular emphasis is put on EU/EEA regulation and case law and conjunctive comparative law aspects. These are issues of paramount importance to national labour law regimes and the scope for domestic legislation and case law. In conjunction with this private international conflict of law rules related to jurisdictional matters and choice of applicable law are discussed. The course thus will have a comprehensive perspective attempting to describe and discuss the many interlocking aspects of current labour law at international level in context. Also relevant public international law regulation, in particular Council of Europe instruments and ILO conventions and case law and will be presented.

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Learning outcome

The course is designed to give the students a general overview and understanding of the international and inter-legal aspects of current labour law and industrial relations, to attain deepened knowledge in particular of essential features of European law in its interaction with and influence on domestic labour law regimes, and to enable students to analyse, situate and elaborate on pertaining issues.

The course should enable students to master the key concepts and institutional aspects and apply their knowledge to ancillary and new issues within the field of study, to impart understanding of issues involved and to elaborate and develop such issues independently and in collaboration with domestic and international actors.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students must fill one of these requirements:

  • Passed 1st - 3rd year of the 5-years degree Master of Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) (or exams that qualify for exemption for these) or
  • Hold a 5-years Master’s degree in Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) or equivalent.

Exemptions from the formal prerequisites will be given to students with admission to the faculty's own exchange or master’s degree programmes. This rule does not apply to students with admission to other master’s degree programmes at the University of Oslo, unless otherwise agreed.




4 hour written examination.

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Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

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Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take this exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.

Special examination arrangements

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Spring 2019

This course is discontinued. Students who wish to take this course have the last opportunity spring 2019. 

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