1. Edward Phelan and the ILO: Life and views of an international social actor

    This book is a portrait of Edward J. Phelan (1888−1967), 4th Director General of the ILO. It is based on his personal memoirs, a selection of his lesser known writings on ILO's later development, and other texts. They offer a unique perspective on key episodes in the history of the ILO.

  2. The International Labour Organization and the quest for social justice, 1919-2009

    This book explores key ideas that the ILO has championed and applied through the political and economic upheavals since 1919. These include: rights at work, the quality of employment, income protection, employment and poverty reduction, a fair globalization and today's overriding goal of decent work for all.


  1. A la rencontre de l’Europe au travail. Récits de voyages d’Albert Thomas (1920-1932)

    Sous la direction de D. Hoehtker et S. Kott, avec une préface de G. Ryder, Directeur général du BIT
    This book is inspired by, and based on, 800 pages of travel notes preserved in the ILO archives. It gives a fascinating account of Interwar Europe and the political, social and economic challenges that the then newly founded ILO had to navigate.

  2. The ILO from Geneva to the Pacific Rim – West meets East

    Ed. by J. Jensen and N. Lichtenstein

    The explosive rise of East Asia, and the continuing importance of Central America and Mexico have shifted the center of world export manufacturing from the North Atlantic to the Pacific Rim. This volume of original essays considers how the International Labour Organization has helped generate a set of ideas and practices, past and present, transnational and within a single nation, to advance social and economic reform in this vast region.

  3. Globalizing Social Rights: The International Labour Organization and beyond

    Ed. By S.Kott and J. Droux 

    This volume explores ILO’s role as a creator of international social networks since its establishment in 1919. It analyses how the ILO was part of an international circulation of ideas, expertise and practices that fostered the emergence of international social models, and examines ILO’s impact on national society.

  4. Human Rights, Development and Decolonization. The International Labour Organization, 1940–70

    Daniel Maul

    " It is immensely gratifying to see this excellent book appear in English translation, which makes it available to the large international audience it deserves." – Corinna R. Unger, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.

    “The turn towards global history is raising important questions, not least concerning the nature and appropriate periodization of globalization, Daniel Maul’s excellent work on the International Labour Organization which is grounded in substantial archival research is a particularly welcome contribution.” – Elizabeth Harvey, University of Nottingham