2023-2024 / DROI2359-1

Labour law and social security


75h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in law6 crédits 
 Master in management, professional focus in law6 crédits 


Quentin Detienne, Fabienne Kéfer


Fabienne Kéfer

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course is divided into three parts.

The first part focuses on the law of collective labour relationships. Topics include freedom of association, trade unions and employers associations, workers'participation, conclusions and effects of collective bargaining agreements as well as their situation within the hierarchy of norms, and industrial disputes.

The second part is devoted to individual labour law, that constitutes the second branch of labour law. Conclusion, enforcement and dissolution of the contract of employment are mainly examined. Special attention is also being paid to the so said "laws of work regulation" (protection of the remuneration, working time, etc) that determine the legal status of the relationship between the employer and the employee.

 The third part of the course focuses on social security law. It introduces the organisation and characteristics of general social security schemes, the general rules governing the social status of employed persons and the rules governing litigation. It also gives an overview of certain social security benefits granted to socially insured persons (unemployment insurance, compensation for accidents at work, family benefits, living wage).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, students must have mastered with essential theorical and pratical knowledge allowing further independant study with a view to mastering labour law and social security law. Students are especially required to get used to reading laws and other norms, and to bringing out their meaning.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Several practice sessions are organised during class time.

First semester.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Subject to the evolution of the covid-19 pandemic, the course is given as follows:

The course is exclusively face-to-face, if not exclusively distance learning; there will be no hybrid sessions.

In case of distance learning course, there will be a stand-by service for students to ask questions about the course.

Parts of the course material must be prepared by the students and will only be subject to question and answer sessions

Several exercise sessions will be given.


Recommended or required readings

A syllabus for labour law and a casebook are available from the University Press.

For social security law, schematic lecture notes will be put online in due course. They are an aid to note-taking, but do not replace it.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Additional information:

The examination is written at the first session. The modalities may be modified according to the evolution of the covid-19 pandemic. Teacher keep the right to replace the written examination by an oral examination during the second session.
Students can use their statute books or a gathering of legal texts (without annotations or comments except for referrals to sections of the law). Blank Post-It are allowed. The use of highlighters is permitted. No private collections are admitted; only volumes published by legal publishers (or copies of extracts from these volumes if the law permits) are admitted for examination.
The main evaluation criteria include the student's ability to develop judicial reasoning, by setting out the arguments that support it, articulating those arguments in a logical, rigourous and coherent way.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Teachers :

Fabienne Kéfer : tel. : 04.366.30.54 ; office R 59 - email : fkefer@uliege.be

Quentin Detienne : tel. : 04.366.30.52 ; office R 57 - email : qdetienne@uliege.be 

Secretary :
Catherine Fett -  Office 2.71 - tel.: 04.366.31.57 - mail: catherine.fett@uliege.be 

Assistants :

Louis Trinon : louis.trinon@uliege.be - Office R.62 - tel.: 04.366.30.57

Simon Goffin : Simon.Goffin@uliege.be - Office R.62 - tel.: 04.366.30.57

Célia Zimbile : celia.zimbile@uliege.be - Office R.60 - tel. 04.355.30.55

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Labour and social security law - discrimination booklet
discrimination booklet

recueil de casus 2023-2024
recueil de casus 2023-2024

syllabus droit du travail
syllabus droit du travail