HM22 Law and Human Resource in Hospitality

Module Name
Law and Human Resource in Hospitality
Module Code
Martijn Felder
Phase 1 related modules (HT) or equivalent
This module provides an introduction to key legal issues relating to the hotel and industry. It assumes no prior knowledge of law. The module will be student centered and will focus on case study analysis aimed to highlight legal issues within the relevant industry. The module will provide an essential introduction of legal principles and the seminar sessions will focus on identifying, preventing and resolving legal issues. The module will have an international perspective to include case study analysis dealing with issues within different legal systems where appropriate.
  • Develop an understanding of the legal framework of the hospitality and restaurant industry
  • Develop students' ability to critically analyze existing law and legal developments relating to the hospitality and travel industry
  • Develop students' knowledge of the international regulatory bodies relevant to hospitality
  • Develop the ability to enable students to think critically and identify legal problems arising out of hospitality practice and develop mechanisms to prevent litigation
  • Develop an understanding of the legal requirements from selected legal systems
  • Develop students' understanding of the impact of law on the hospitality industry
  • Develop students' ability to differentiate the different types of legal liability that operate at an international level



1. Introduction to legal principles and the legal environment
Overview of key legal principles and subject specific elements including, contract law, employment law, negligence, health and safety regulations, licensing laws. Introduction to private international law comparison of legal systems, EU law, common and civil law systems, court structure/litigation.
2. Managing the legal risks of international hospitality business.
Legal responsibilities of the hospitality manager selection and management of employees, discrimination rules (disability, age, etc) legal responsibilities to guests, sale of food and alcohol, managing property.
3. Dispute resolution: Methods of resolving disputes: litigation and alternative dispute resolution eg arbitration. Issues in resolving international disputes.

Instruction / Study Load

24 Lesson hours

8 Preparation Lesson hours

7 Assignments / Homework hours

20 Exam and exam preparation hours

53 Literature (Depending on the length and difficulty of the book) hours

The course uses 200 pages from the book(s) and journal articles where:

  • 100 pages difficult reading and understanding material – 33 Hours
  • 100 pages average reading and understanding material – 20 Hours


  • Difficult reading and understanding material – 3 pages per hour
  • Average reading and understanding material – 5 pages per hour
  • Easy reading and understanding material – 7 pages per hour

Total 112 Hours

IBA Final Qualification Mapping
Mapped with numbers: 1, 3, 11, and 18 See the EEG for further reference.
Teaching Language
Teaching Methods
  • Classroom lecturing
  • Case study discussions
  • Feedback and presentation sessions
  • Video and film
  • Discussion sessions
  • Research Papers


Module / Lecture and seminar status
Testing and assessment
Written Examination (1) See the EEG for further reference
European Credits
Required literature

Barth, S, Hayes, D, 2005 Hospitality Law: Managing Legal Issues in the Hospitality Industry, 2005, Wiley & Sons Inc, ISBN-10: 0471464252 , ISBN-13: 978-0471464259


Articles and Journals related to the module are to be published on the Module Online Area.