1 . European and International Social Law

This graduate course is designed to deepen in European and International Social Law issues. Its purpose is to provide systematic specialized knowledge, so as students will be able to analyze and asses basic and advanced concepts regarding : a) social policy in the EU, b) free movement of workers and persons, c) social rights, d) the equality and non discrimination in the EU and in the European Convention on Human Rights, e) The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Social Rights, f) the EU law on labor and social rights into primary law (EU Treaties) and secondary (regulations, directives), f) European collective agreements g) the main EU social law rules and their application by the European Court of Justice h) the new EU social model, i) international social rights standards etc.

The course is divided into three sections: The first section includes an introductory course on the principles of the comparative method, the nature and the practical purposes of comparative law, in particular its role in the adoption and application of law at national and at EU level. The second section examines the general characteristics of large families and law and the different legal cultures, inside the EU and outside the EU, in particular, the roman family, the Anglo-American family as well as a presentation of the basic characteristics of Islamic law. The third section examines comparatively the solutions that the different legal cultures provide on specific points of law and, in particular, the problem of recovery of pure economic loss (pure economic loss).

2. Introduction to comparative law and the legal cultures of Europe