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LAWS6816: Labour Law in the Global Economy

2023 unit information

This unit will explore the notion of the global economy, highlighting its impacts on norms, assumptions and ideas we have about the purpose and operation of labour law. Students will be introduced to the architecture of international labour law by an examination of leading organisations such as the International Labour Organisation, the United Nations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and others. We will also examine the ways in which the global trading system does (or does not) engage with labour matters, including consideration of bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements. Less traditional regulatory modes such as corporate self-regulation, ethical consumerism, supply chain regulation will also be analysed. The purpose and effectiveness of these institutions and processes will be evaluated through a consideration of a number of thematic issues, including freedom of association and the protection of trade union rights, forced labour including so-called modern slavery, working time issues including working during the pandemic, and informal or non-standard work in the gig economy. We will compare some of the relevant Australian laws with those of other countries in these thematic areas.

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS6816
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
LAWS6252 or a law degree and LAWS6071 (MLLR students)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. gain an advanced understanding of the architecture of transnational, regional and international labour, labour regulation, and the strengths and weaknesses of these systems.
  • LO2. gain an advanced understanding of other modes of self-regulation and legal regulation of labour in the global economy and how these relate to the traditional international labour law hierarchy.
  • LO3. gain an advanced understanding of how the many different ways the globalised economy challenges these regulatory structures and systems through the lens of several themes, including trade union rights, modern slavery and forced labour, working patterns (including during the pandemic), and informal work in the home and in the gig economy.
  • LO4. critically evaluate the various forms of labour law considered in this subject and identify possible areas for legal reform.
  • LO5. develop basic research and analytical skills.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive September 2021
Block mode Remote
Semester 2a 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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