The International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) was established in 1967 and its general purpose is to promote the study of labour and employment relations throughout the world in the relevant academic disciplines, by such means as:

  • encouraging the establishment and development of national associations of labour and employment relations specialists;
  • facilitating the spread of information about significant developments in research and education in the field of labour and employment relations;
  • organising worldwide and regional congresses; and
  • promoting internationally planned research, by organising study groups on particular topics.

The aim of the ILERA is of a purely scientific character, without regard to political, philosophic or religious considerations. The Association does not endorse opinions on policy questions.

Today the Association has over 1,000 members worldwide including prominent industrial relations scholars and practitioners and 34 national associations and 1 regional association who together form the ILERA Council.

An ILERA World Congress is convened every 3 years, where professionals interested in all aspects of labour and employment relations meet to share ideas about new developments, ideas and practices in the field. The last ILERA World Congress took place in Cape Town, South Africa from 7 to 11 September 2015 and the next one will be held in Seoul, Korea from 23 to 27 July 2018.

ILERA also organizes, through its national affiliates, regional congresses. The 9th Regional Congress of the Americas took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 11 to 13 October 2017. The organization of the Asian Regional Congress in 2019 has been assigned to the School of Labor and Industrial Relations of the University of the Philippines and the European Regional Congress will be organized by the German Industrial Relations Association in Dusseldorf, also in 2019. The Canadian Industrial Relations Association will host the Regional Congress of the Americas in 2020.

The aim of the ILERA is of a purely scientific character, without regard to political, philosophic or religious considerations. The Association does not endorse opinions on policy questions.

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18th World Congress, 23-27 July 2018, Seoul

First edition ILERA Publications Series

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  • 12th ILERA European Regional Congress, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2019
  • 10th ILERA Asian Regional Congress, Quezon City, Philippines, October 2019
  • 10th ILERA Regional Congress for the Americas, Toronto, Canada, 24-27 June 2020