ILO100 – Law for Social Justice

The centenary of the International Labour Organization is a timely reminder that the ILO has been a precursor for much of the legal framework that governs international organizations. From the adoption of standard-setting conventions to the supervision of their application and the functioning of a tripartite governance structure, the forward-looking legal thinking that has characterized the ILO has always been at the service of the promotion of social justice – the ILO’s unique constitutional mandate.

As part of the ILO centenary celebrations, the Office of the Legal Adviser organized a three-day international conference (15-17 April 2019) involving forty eminent scholars and practitioners to showcase the contribution of the Organization to the development of public international law. ILO100 – Law for Social Justice brings together essays based on the conference proceedings and selected contributions from serving or retired ILO officials. It is a modest homage to the restless human spirit and legal scholarship that have inspired the ILO for a century.


Georges Abi-Saab, Shin-ichi Ago, Philip Allott, Philip Alston, José Alvarez, Guiseppe Barbagallo, Janice Bellace, Adelle Blackett, Pierre Bodeau-Livinec, Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Nicola Bonucci, Jean-Michel Bonvin, Virginia Brás Gomes, Catherine Brölmann, Steve Charnovitz, Christine Chinkin, Sean Hagan, Laurence Helfer, Cristina Hoss, Bruce Jenks, Jan Klabbers, Marcelo Kohen, Sandrine Kott, Brian Langille, Francis Maupain, Guy Mundlak, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Tonia Novitz, Obiora Chinedu Okafor, Louise Otis, Joost Pauwelyn, Alain Pellet, Guy Fiti Sinclair, August Reinisch, Hélène Ruiz Fabri, Miguel de Serpa Soares, Anne Trebilcock, Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, Santiago Villalpando, Erika de Wet

Useful resources

  1. The canton of Geneva supports and celebrates the ILO Centenary.