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HUMAN RIGHTS AT WORK (LAWSG140) Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Assessment method for LLM students: 3,000 word coursework essay
Human rights have taken on a central role in labour law debates. This module investigates the implications and the potential of the trend to frame the issues arising between employers and employees in terms of human rights. The rights concerned might be constitutional rights or rights found in regional or international declarations of human rights. The module is therefore not limited to a particular jurisdiction, but views the trend from a comparative and international perspective. The module examines this approach in relation to some illustrative rights e.g. freedom of association, the right to work, the right to privacy, freedom of religion. The cases have been selected as illustrations of issues that arise at work and how attempts to analyse them in terms of rights have been resolved (including, commonly, the rejection or suppression of a rights discourse). The module concludes with readings that critically examine this approach to employment law from policy and philosophical perspectives.
Seminar 1 Introduction: Solidarity v Human Rights
Seminar 2 Rights to Associate, to Organise, to Bargain and to Strike
Seminar 3 The Right to Work and Social Rights
Seminar 4 The Right to Privacy in the Workplace
Seminar 5 The Right to Privacy Outside the Workplace
Seminar 6 The Right to Freedom of Speech or Expression and Whistleblowing
Seminar 7 Equality 1: Prohibition of discrimination
Seminar 9 The Right to Practice a Religion and Dress Codes
Seminar 9 Modern Slavery and the Rights of Migrant Workers
Seminar 10 Theories of Rights in the Workplace
There is no set text. Various journal articles and book chapters will be assigned for each seminar and posted in Moodle (virtual learning environment)