International Labour Standards and Protection of Vulnerable Categories of Workers (Fall)



SCHOOL/ DEPARTMENT: International Relations and Law Department
LEVEL OF STUDY: Undergraduate / Graduate
COURSE TITLE: International Labour Standards and Protection of Vulnerable Categories of Workers
LECTURER: Ella Gorian, Associate Prof., PhD in Law

Coursework Breakdown


ECTS Credits             




Laboratory / workshops



 Total (1 ECTS = 36 hrs.)






Learning Outcomes
After completion, students should be able to:

  • gain insight and familiarity with the international labor standards for protection of vulnerable categories of workers
  • gain critical understanding of the role of employers, trade unions, labour inspections, state and municipal authorities, non-governmental organizations in protection of workers’ rights
  • identify risks factors at the workplace
  • apply the international labor standards to the development of programs for the protection of workers’ rights at the workplace
  • coordinate public and private sector actors in ensuring workers’ rights
  • apply the writing and analytical skills learnt in academia to public discourses and spaces of debate

General Skills

  • to develop ability to apply principles and generalizations already learned to new problems and situations
  • to develop analytic skills
  • to develop problem-solving skills
  • to develop ability to draw reasonable inferences from observations
  • to develop ability to synthesize and integrate information and ideas
  • to develop ability to distinguish between fact and opinion
  • to develop an informed concern about contemporary social issues
  • to develop a commitment to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
  • to develop an informed appreciation of other cultures
  • to develop capacity to make informed ethical choices
  • to develop ability to work productively with others
  • to develop management skills
  • to develop leadership skills


In 2000 United Nations Millennium Declaration stated the importance of protection the vulnerable – civilians (especially children) that suffer disproportionately the consequences of natural disasters, genocide, armed conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies. Henceforth the international community has extended the list of vulnerable categories and special legal mechanisms have been worked out for their protection. International Labour Organization pays an attention to vulnerable categories of workers, providing guarantees for protection of their rights in international labor standards. At the present time, the vulnerable categories of workers include children and women, migrant workers, domestic workers (including domestic migrant workers), HIV-infected workers, informal workers, etc.

For the last years the results of the World Economic Forum in Davos have witnessed an increasing interest of employers in implementing international labor standards at their enterprises. The concept of conscious consumption is a core reason for this phenomenon. It is based on the ideas of workers’ rights protection and the environmental friendly production. The concept of conscious consumption is promoted by the developed countries - the main consumers of goods and services produced worldwide. Despite the fact that the process of implementation of international labor standards is not as fast as it should be, the principle of tripartism promotes their implementation by the efforts of employers and trade unions.




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Mon-Thu: 8:30 - 17:30
Fri: 8:30-16:15

Ella Gorian (Ms.)

Associate Prof., PhD in Law

Mon-Thu: 8:30 - 17:30
Fri: 8:30-16:15