LLM Programme

The taught modules offered on the LLM programme vary from year to year. Please check the full list of taught modules list for details of modules running in specific academic years. We make every effort to ensure that every module will be offered, but modules are subject to change and cancellation. You are therefore advised to check this site regularly for further updates throughout the year preceding entry to the LLM programme.

Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Module Convenor: Dr Virginia Mantouvalou Other Teachers: John Hendy QC


Human rights have taken on a central role in labour law debates in the context of economic globalisation and the decline of union power. This module investigates the implications and the potential of the trend to frame the issues arising between employers and workers 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 theoretical, comparative and international perspective. The module examines this approach in relation to some illustrative rights e.g. trade union rights, the right to work, the prohibition of slavery and servitude, 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 the human rights approach to labour 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 Private Life Outside the Workplace
Seminar 6 The Right to Freedom of Speech or Expression and Whistleblowing
Seminar 7 Equality 1: Prohibition of discrimination
Seminar 8 The Right to Practice a Religion and Dress Codes
Seminar 9 Modern Slavery
Seminar 10 Theories of Rights in the Workplace

Background Reading (optional):

  • Jay Youngdahl, ‘Solidarity First: Labor Rights are Not the Same as Human Rights’ New Labor Forum (18(1) 31-37 (Winter 2009)
  • Lance Compa, ‘Solidarity And Human Rights: A Response to Youngdahl’ New Labor Forum (18(1) 38-45 (Winter 2009)

Both of the above articles are available at http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1242&context=articles

  • V Mantouvalou (ed), The Right to Work – Legal and Philosophical Perspectives, Hart Publishing, 2014
  • C Gearty, V Mantouvalou, Debating Social Rights, Hart Publishing, 2011

Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment in September.

Delivery and enrolment
Lectures/Seminars: 10 x two-hour seminars
Tutorials: None
Previous module enrolments: Small – less than 15 students
Who may enrol: LLM students, other UCL Masters students
Prerequisities: None
Barred module combinations: None
Core Module for LLM specialism: Human Rights Law, International Law, Public Law
Final Assessment: 3,000 word coursework essay
Practice Assessment: Opportunity for feedback on one practice essay

This page was last updated on 23 July, 2014


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