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ILO Decent Work Research Prize awarded to two distinguished scholars

The International Labour Organization (ILO) today announced that the ILO Decent Work Research Prize will be awarded to Professor Jayati Ghosh (India) and Professor Eve C. Landau (Israel and Switzerland) for their outstanding contribution to knowledge on the central concerns of the ILO.

Comunicado de prensa | 16 de febrero de 2011

“This year the Decent Work Research Prize rewards two leading woman academics with a strong research record on equity, on development and on macroeconomic policies. Their contributions add more insights to steering economic and development policies towards more decent work for women and men alike, in the South and in the North. I commend the jury for an excellent choice", ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said.

The jury of eminent international experts on labour and social policy issues named Professor Jayati Ghosh of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) and also the Executive Secretary of the International Development Economics Associates (IDEAS) for major scholarly contributions to the analysis of decent work in the context of globalization, as well as the inter-linkages between employment, gender and development. Professor Ghosh has authored several books and many articles around issues of development and decent work.

Professor Eve C. Landau, an academic and Director of Studies at the International Faculty of Comparative Law in Luxembourg has been acknowledged for her academic contribution to the advancement of knowledge on ILO standards, labour law and social justice. Her research and teaching publications have been a source of inspiration for many students, judges and lawyers. She has published several books on equality and work and many scholarly articles.

Both laureates will receive 5,000 USD and an invitation to present their work during the ILO’s Governing Body session in Geneva in November 2011.

The first two recipients of the prize in 2007 were Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate, and Professor Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Professor Emeritus on Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The second edition of the Prize was awarded to Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and leading Canadian labour researcher, Harry Arthurs.

For more information on the ILO Decent Work Research Prize, please see or contact ILO Media at, tel.: +4122/799-7912.