LLM Advanced Studies in Global and European Labour Law

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Program Description

With the globalization of the economy, labour law too has become a global subject. Issues as corporate social responsibility and decent work are becoming standards all companies and States have to comply with. Various rules and mechanisms exist to promote and ensure labour rights, among which the Conventions of the ILO, directives of the European Union, human rights treaties and the Guiding Principles of the OECD and the UN.

This programme is unique in the world since you will study and compare all these rules and mechanisms from a primarily legal perspective with an eye for the difference between the law in the books and the law in practice, as well as with a sense for the various economic, social, political and cultural contexts.

What does this master's programme entail?

With the globalization of the economy, labour law too has become a global subject. Issues as corporate social responsibility and decent work are becoming standards all companies and States have to comply with. Various rules and mechanisms exist to promote and ensure labour rights, among which the Conventions of the ILO, directives of the European Union, human rights treaties and the Guiding Principles of the OECD and the UN. This programme is unique in the world since you will study and compare all these rules and mechanisms from a primarily legal perspective with an eye for the difference between the law in the books and the law in practice, as well as with a sense for the various economic, social, political and cultural contexts.

Reasons to study Global and European Labour Law at Leiden University?

As a student of the Global and European Labour Law programme, you will benefit from:

  • Unique in the world: The programme is the only one in the world that combines both global and European labour law, with a comparative element offering a legal degree (LL.M.).
  • International environment: In addition to the global and European focus of the curriculum, the unique blend of students and instructors that represent all continents makes our programme a truly global experience.
  • Expert instructors: The academic staff members are renowned legal experts in global and European labour law. You will also interact with prominent guest lecturers from international organisations, including the ILO, the EU, the UN and the OECD, as well as from trade unions, employers (organisations), and NGO’s.

Is Global and European Labour Law the right programme for you?

Is Decent Work across the globe a topic for you? Are you interested in Corporate Social Responsibility and international and European labour rights? How about the enforcement of those rights? Worried about child Labour, forced labour, equal treatment and the rights of trade unions? Concerned about the future of work in the era of digitalisation? Then this is the programme for you.

To be a good fit for this programme, one of the following should apply:

  • you are a legal professional
  • you have a full law degree (offering access to legal practice) or
  • you have a degree at an equivalent level in another discipline, with a sufficient background in or understanding of law
  • you have basic knowledge of labour law or European law

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Global and European Labour Law at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Academic requirements
  • have a full degree in Law offering access to legal practice in the country where it was obtained or an equivalent degree from a recognised University/Law School; or a degree at an equivalent level in another discipline with a sufficient background in law;
  • have evidence of excellent academic performance, illustrated by way of an academic transcript;
  • have a sufficient academic background in the area of labour law or European law.
Language requirements
  • proven English language proficiency, demonstrated by way of a TOEFL test (overall score of 100 Internet-based), or IELTS test (overall score of 7.0), or Cambridge English Proficiency certificate (CPE), evidenced by an appropriate test, occasionally complemented by a telephone interview.
  • in addition to the above-mentioned overall English test scores, minimum band scores of IELTS 6.0 (TOEFL 20) are required for all sub-sections.

This requirement does not apply if you have:

  • completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or
  • an International Baccalaureate.
Presessional English Course

Applicants may be offered admission to a one-month pre-sessional English course prior to entry if they have the following English language test scores – this always at the discretion of the programme admission board:

  • An overall English score of IELTS 6.5 (TOEFL 90) – with no band scores lower than IELTS 5.5 (TOEFL 17)
  • A sufficient overall English score, but one or more band score of IELTS 5.5 (TOEFL 17)
Programme-specific requirements
  • Meeting the admission requirements does not necessarily guarantee an admission offer. Students are selected on the basis of overall merit.
  • As a non-EU/EEA student you can only opt for the full-time face to face (or blended learning option that is available for Air and Space Law students), but not for the part-time face to face option.
Last updated August 2019

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