EU Social Law and International Employment


This course shall get the students acquainted with the different social law aspects that go together with international employment. The focus is both on the employee and the employer. Students have to approach a number of international social law problems which have to be solved from a legal, comparative and European judicial angle. This course wants to make students acquainted with the social judicial position of a migrant person (employed or self-employed) who is internationally employed, as well as with the question of how enterprises adapt human resource policy to a further context of globalisation. Which rights and obligations are migrant workers/employers confronted with as a result of the application of EU law? The course aims to provide students with an overview of how European law influences national social law and social policy.


This course is based on a number of lectures, alternated with a number of concrete cases. The intention is that the students will apply the subject matter in the practical context. With respect to the content, the course will deal with different elements of social law, situated in an international context. A wide range of subjects are studied, such as wage policy, salary split, applicable labour law, applicable social security law, delocalisation and social dumping, posting, resignation in an international context, equal treatment, international restructuring of companies, supplementary pensions, etc. In the framework of this course a close collaboration will also exist with a number of foreign universities out of our network allowing a comparative point of view and exchange of ideas. Also representatives of the EU and national organisations involved in the development of EU social law and policy will be involved.

Key words: 
International employment, migrant workers, posting, social dumping, salary split, European labour law, European social security law
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