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The global labour market and international labour law

The course The global labour market and international labour law encompasses in-depth studies of the legal frameworks that govern access to and terms and conditions for workers on the global labour market.

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The global labour market and international labour law is given as an elective course within the framework of the exchange programmes at the Department of Law, Stockholm University. Swedish law students admitted by the department are also given access to the course.

Read more about exchange programmes at the Department of Law 

The first part of the course covers international law, thus both international conventions on labour migration and human rights and EU law governing the employment and labour law conditions applicable on workers working in another state than the home state.

The second part covers the international private law rules applicable to work with an international facet. The question raised is what law that applies on the employment relationship and which state’s court that shall decide that matter.

The third part covers the rules that governs the possibility for a worker to live in another country than the home state. Examples are the GATS-rules, the EU four freedoms and national migration law.

In the fourth part of the course the previous three parts are integrated in order to examine their common effect and how different choices govern the possibility to work in a foreign country and the conditions for such work. Theoretical models based on economics and sociology about status and citizenship will be addressed to better understand the common effects of the rules in place.

  • Course structure

    Follow the link below to read more about the course details.

    Syllabus - The global labour market and international labour law

    Course description (100 Kb)


    Teaching format

    The teaching is based on seminars. Each student shall also present and defend an essay and act as opponent on another student’s essay.


    Examination is conducted through the active attendance at the seminars, the authoring and presentation of the essay, opposition of another student’s essay and a written exam.



    Petra Herzfeld Olsson

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
    • Cathryn Costello & Mark Freedland (editors) - Migrants at Work Immigration & Vulnerability in Labour law (Oxford University Press 2014)
    • Martin Ruhs - The price of rights - regulating international labour migration (Princeton University Press 2015)
    • Compendium I, Seminar Material (available in digital form, on course website)
    • Compendium Il, Laws and Court Cases


  • Course reports

  • More information

    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    Previous course website

    For those who read this course during a previous semester and then used FastReg as learning platform, you can reach the old website through the link below.


    The Departement

    Read more about education at the Department of Law at Stockholm University on our homepage.

    Education - Department of Law 


  • Contact

    Course contact: 

    Course coordinator: 
    Josephina Bergvall 

    Course manager: 
    Petra Herzfeld Olsson