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Labour Law I


Most of professional relationships are regulated by Labor Law. This, as a branch of special private law, has a lot of particularities that justified its autonomization of Civil Law. In the future, in working life or even outside it, the student will most certainly be in contact with labor law.. The insertion of the curricular unit in the 3rd year of the study cycle seems to us adjusted by the technical language domain it presupposes




Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 6

Year | Type of course unit | Language

3 |Mandatory |Português



Recommended complementary curricular units

Student should master the concepts and knowledge taught in curricular units of the previous years and which constitute the basic formation of the Jurist. For example, curricular units such as the Introduction to Law I and II (1st Year) and General Theory of Civil Law I and II (2nd Year).

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I  Elements to the understanding of Labor Law
II  Labour Law sources
       1. Portuguese Constitution - its relevance 
       2. Colective bargaining

       3.Links between Labor Law sources

III  Employment contract:
1. Concept, elements and characters- Dependent/independent employment:

2. Non-typical contracts:

          2.1. Term employment

         2.2. Part-time work

         2.3 Temporary work; 

         2.4. Intermitente work ;

         2.5. Service committee


3. The birth of the labor contract

4. Employer and employee contractual position 

5. Workplace

6.  Duration and organization of working periods



OBJECTIVES;We expect the comprehension of Labor Law as a specific matter with a particular useful sense. We aim to identify the circle of social relationships that are regulated according to Labor Law. We intend to understand Labour Law sources and its special characters.We expect the students to understand what an employment contract is, as the source of an employment relationship, both typical or non-typical, its characters, the conditions for being licit, the rights, prerogatives and obligations it brings to the parts. 
-Identification of the employment relationship as being a relational universe where specific interests are present;
-Understanding of the employment relationship as being provided with a theoretical specific features and a specific legal regulation;
-Understanding of its birth legal conditions and its dynamics;
-Development of critical observation of labor case studies;
-Knowledge of Labor legal rules


Teaching methodologies and assessment

TEACHING METHODOLOGIES: Classes have a theoretical and practical component. After a theoretical exposition, which conveys the essential contents of them, it will be confronted with concrete problematic hypotheses. Critical analysis of case law on the most relevant and controversial matters

ASSESSMENT: The evaluation is continuous, in accordance with the Evaluation Regulation in force, consisting of two written tests, one to be held in the academic period and another after the end of this. There is also the final exam, consisting in a written exam, with mandatory oral for 8 and 9 marks.


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  • RAMALHO, MARIA DO ROSÁRIO PALMA  , Tratado de Direito do Trabalho - Parte II, 6.ª edição, Almedina, Coimbra, 2016, 
  •  FERNANDES, ANTÓNIO MONTEIRO, Direito doTrabalho, 18.ª ed., Almedina, Coimbra, 2017.


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Maria Leonor Pizarro Monteiro 

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