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Primo Semestre

Training objectives

The course is aimed at the acquisition of the following capacities: knowledge and understanding of the fundamental provisions of the Treaties and of secondary legislation concerning Labour Law and collective relations with special attention to the development of national and European case law. Deriving abilities will be those of legal experts aware of the important EU character of the current Italian legal system and therefore capable to tackle and solve actual problems posed by the intersection of the two legal orders.


Proper knowledge of the fundamental principles and institutions of Italian Labour Law and of EU law; the knowledge of the official language of another EU-Member State is recommended. The student must have passed four examinations before sitting for the exam of European Union Labour Law: Constitutional Law; Institution of Private Law; European Union Law.

Course programme

Legal sources retrieval in EU databases Geopolitical history and evolution of the Treaties up to the Lisbon Treaty; the social dimension of the Union and the Charters of Fundamental Rights; the norms and their efficacy; particularly the principle of primacy e the direct effect doctrine in case law (first 2 weeks). Free circulation of workers and employment policies; the principles of equality and non-discrimination; working time; reorganization and company crisis; health and safety at work; non-standard employment contracts; part-time and fixed term contracts (5 weeks). Social dialogue and European collective bargaining; information, participation and consultation of workers (3 weeks).

Didactic methods

Lectures and seminars with the active participation of students, particularly in discussing CJEU cases and deep investigating some recent issues.Seminars will be developed mainly in the central part of the course. Will be assigned decisions of EUCJ and/or pieces of legal literature to students (divided in groups), the discussion will be leaded (when possible) by invited experts.

Learning assessment procedures

Oral examination and discussion of cases; normally three questions are posed to the candidate and she/he is asked to comment a decision of the CJEU at her/his choice.The final mark will be the result of the average of the evaluation of the different answer and of the presentation of the case.

Reference texts

Roccella M. e Treu T., Diritto del lavoro dell'Unione Europea, Cedam.

For in depth purposes:
Sciarra S., Solidarity and Conflict. European social law in crisis, Cambridge university press.