Universität Wien FIND

030068 SE Business and labour rights: theory and practice (2022S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

This course will be held by Beryl ter Haar (University of Warsaw)

14.3.2022 14:00-17:00 hrs; 16.3. 9:00-12:00 hrs, 31.3. 14:00-17:00 hrs, 4.4. 14:00-17:00 hrs, 6.4. 14:00-17:00 hrs,
Individual meetings by appointement: 25-27.4.2022

Monday 14.03. 14:00 - 17:00 Hörsaal U14 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Wednesday 16.03. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG
Thursday 31.03. 14:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG
Monday 04.04. 14:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum SEM41 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Wednesday 06.04. 14:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum SEM42 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar provides students with the knowledge of human rights and labour rights with focus on production chains. Besides focusing on the content, the course will offer an opportunity to (further) develop a number of skills, among which writing, presenting, group work, communication, critical legal thinking, researching, and digital literacy.
To understand the contents and goals of the course, it is recommended that students already have an advanced knowledge of labour and social security law (ideally already successfully completed the Modulprüfung Arbeits- und Sozialrecht), since the course builds on this knowledge.

Assessment and permitted materials

The assessment is based on an exam paper (research report), presentations, and discussions in class. All materials are permitted, as the Seminar will have a practical focus.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance is compulsory. Students may miss no more than one class (with apologies for important reasons two classes). Attendance in the first lesson is absolutely necessary otherwise the spot will be given to students on the waiting list (exceptions can be made for important reasons with prior excuse).
A positive assessment on the seminar is given when the grade for the exam paper qualifies as a pass according the exam rules of the University of Vienna.
When the grade for the exam is a fail, there exists an opportunity to retake the exam in accordance with the rules of the University of Vienna. The retake will exist of rewriting a part of the paper (final report).

Examination topics

A final report and an individual 15-minutes consultation meeting must be conducted to the following topics:
1)What is expected from TNCs in terms of labour rights in their production chains?
2)What labour rights are universal and how are they regulated and monitored by the ILO?
3) To what extent are businesses, especially, transnational corporations (TNCs), bound by labour rights regulated at either national or international level?
4) What is transnational private labour regulation (TPLR)? Which labour rights are covered by TPLR?
5) What is human rights due diligence (HRDD)? What is expected from TNCs in this context with respect to labour rights?
How is or can enforcement of labour rights in transnational context be organized?

Reading list

There are no fixed materials to be used for this course. Occasionally some reading materials will be suggested though. In general, you are expected to search for information and literature yourself, which will enable you to (further) develop your research skills. The questions for the seminar assignments will direct to certain literature, cases, etc., as well as the discussions during class. We will make use of drop box to gather and share the reading materials.

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