Trade Unions Law and Labour Law (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Laura Calafà
Laura Calafà
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
1° periodo di lezioni dal Sep 28, 2020 al Dec 14, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing the necessary conceptual, normative and methodological bases for ana-lysing and understanding the system of labour law and industrial relations. The purpose of the course is to make the student capable of assessing the issues arising in the implementation of the theoretical and regulatory framework, through correct reasoning and arguments.


The labour law course aims at analysing labour law in a broad sense, trade unions law included, comparing public sector and private sector rules. The system of regulatory sources: historical development, in the EU and domestic legal systems. Pre-Constitutional and Post-Constitutional phases, impact of the EU sources. Particular attention is paid to the legal regulation of the individual employment contract and to the relationships between labour law and the market as well as to the so called “administration” of the labour relationship. The historical overview of the whole discipline, strike-related rules included, is followed by the analysis of the articulated system of sources of labour law, with particular regard to statutory law, so called collective autonomy sources, collective agreements and concertation systems between social partners. Particular attention is paid to the trade unions topic in the public sector.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Riccardo Del Punta Diritto del lavoro Giuffrè 2019 9788828803508

Assessment methods and criteria

In 2020-21attending students are all students attending lessons (face to face or remotely).
Teaching modalities include: i) classroom-taught lessons, aimed at providing basic notions, theoretical categories and the relevant regulatory framework; ii) workshops, aimed at analysing the practical issues arising in the implementation of the theoretical system, with the support of case-law references. Specific files will be uploaded on the e-learning platform.

Students will be provided with a detailed calendar of the lessons, with their specific dates and contents.
Non-attending students will be provided with the support of an up-dated text-book. The content of this text-book is consistent with the topics analysed and discussed in the classroom lessons. Students can also get access to the additional materials available on the e-learning platform.

Students can meet the teacher during his office-time.

The assessment of learning outcomes is an oral examination on the entire programme, as presented in the textbooks.

Objectives of examinations:
The oral examination aims at assessing the capacity of the student to link the theoretical and regulatory framework with practical issues and problems, as well as to solve case-studies with consistent and proper legal language and reasoning.

The oral examination, which focuses on the entire programme, as presented in the textbooks, aims at assessing their knowledge, their capacity to use proper language, select and analyse the key-topics of the subject, develop links between the topics through legal reasoning.

Content and modalities of the examinations
The oral examination focuses on the analysis of a specific case-study, given to the student in advance. The related mark is expressed in thirtieth. The final mark results from the average of the two marks.
- For non-attending students the oral examination focuses on the entire programme, as presented in the textbooks. The final mark is expressed in thirtieth.