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Advanced Collective Labour Law

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Start Date
15 July 2024

Apply By
21 June 2024


Duration & Format
This is a semester-long course where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 15 July to 22 October 2024. Exams will take place on the 30 October 2024 to 26 November 2024.

The Advanced Collective Labour Law postgraduate certificate course focuses on the nature and extent of social and economic forces that underpin the legal regulation of the individual employment relationship, and the way in which courts, organised business, labour and government respond to these forces. The course will also analyse the policy decisions underlying the relevant legislative provisions and current debates on the adequacy of the regulatory framework.

Course Outcomes
The following outcomes will be achieved:

  • Can apply national aspects of collective labour law, using constitutional and statutory provisions and relevant case law.
  • Understand South African collective labour law in its international context

Course Content
An examination of national and international aspects of collective labour law by recognised experts and practitioners in the field. Constitutional and statutory provisions will be studied together with relevant case law.  

Topics may cover:

  • Globalisation and its effect on South African labour law
  • Labour law and the Constitution
  • Freedom of association
  • Organisational rights
  • Dispute resolution
  • Strikes and lock-outs and their legal consequences
  • Employment equity and affirmative action from a collective perspective
  • Social security and pension law in the workplace
  • Occupational health and safety
  • New amendments to current legislation

Target Audience
Labour lawyers, union representatives, HR professionals, and legal practitioners specialising in labour relations.

Application Process
A relevant Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Commerce in Law or Bachelor of Arts in Law or equivalent qualification is a prerequisite for admission to the postgraduate certificate courses; OR

Applicants with any other undergraduate qualifications must complete the bridging course Introduction to Law for Non- Lawyers or equivalent courses first as well as have relevant legal work experience in the specific legal field before they would be considered for other courses.

You will be required to submit a copy of your Bachelors Degree, academic record as well as a copy of your identity document or passport.

Kindly note that all foreign qualifications must be submitted with a SAQA Evaluation Letter.

Additional Information
One of the following certificates can be obtained: 

  • Certificate of Attendance: To obtain a certificate of attendance, students are required to attend and participate in 75% of the lectures. 
  • Certificate of Competence: To obtain a certificate of competence, students are required to attend and participate in 75% of the lectures and to complete the assessments as required in the course.

This postgraduate certificate course is accredited by the university in accordance with its statutory mandate.  It does not lead to a qualification registered on the National Qualifications Framework.

Mahlatse Masemola Tel No: +27 11 717 8438; Email 
Ursula Dillner-Dangor Tel No: +27 11 717 8435; Email: