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Short Course:
International Labour Law

Course Outline

Labour Law is a constantly evolving field of law and one which has a direct impact on governments, businesses, civil society organisations and workers. It influences the way in which governments design and enforce their labour laws and policies. It also establishes standards which are relevant for businesses, and it provides workers and workers' associations with mechanisms for protection.

This course is designed to provide participants with a working knowledge of the relevant legal frameworks especially as they relate to rights at work, rights of association and representation, labour exploitation and modern slavery, the rights of vulnerable workers and the responsibilities of various entities including business, governments, and trade unions. Developments across these issues will be discussed within the ever-changing context of work today, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shift to increased gig-work and legislative developments on business accountability for human rights violations and others.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Have a clear understanding of the principal elements of international labour law
  • Be aware of the responsibilities of various entities involved in developing and upholding international labour standards
  • Understand their role and the role of the organisations/entities they work for in combatting labour rights violations including modern slavery
  • Be better able to engage in evolving debates on labour rights around the world

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Indicative course topics

  • Principles and Structures of International Labour Law
  • ILO - organisational structure
  • Sources of International Labour Law - procedures and main substantive areas
  • Supervision, reporting and complaint mechanisms
  • Rights at Work: Health and Safety, Equality and Non-Discrimination, Wages
  • Labour Inspectors
  • Social Security
  • Rights of Association and Representation
  • Modern Slavery, Forced Labour, Child Labour, Labour Trafficking
  • Migrant Workers and Other Vulnerable Workers
  • Non-Standard Forms of Work / Gig Workers
  • Business Responsibilities for Labour Rights in Supply Chains
  • Legal Foundations of Public International Law

Testimonials from past attendees

"Overall, an interesting course to cover a broad and deep subject area.""

Very much appreciated facilitators approach for current world information"

"The training is so good to the extent I acquired new knowledge and skill"

Who is the course for?

The course is beneficial to anyone with an interest in labour rights including those working for government (including national and sub-national government), trade unions and NGOs, legal practice (including law firms and chambers), businesses, and academia (including students).

Course format

This course is offered both as an online course providing 5 x 2 hours sessions.

Course cost

The course cost is £400 per person.

Course Discounts

Member discount: 15% discount for individual members of BIICL
Details of individual memberships at BIICL 

Group discounts:

  • 15% discount for groups of 3 or more attendees from NGO organisations or staff of government
  • 15% discount for groups of 5 or more attendees from commercial organisations

*Course cost is subject to change 


The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is committed to equality and opportunity in the legal profession and to support greater engagement of under-represented groups in the legal profession.

In our efforts in this regard we are delighted to offer 3 scholarships for each of our short courses to participants from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in the legal community.

Find out more about training scholarships 

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