The Launch Labour Law Network advances international labour standards in Asia and the Pacific by hosting conferences of lawyers and legal scholars from around the region. The network raises awareness of ILO Standards and Conventions, encourages the teaching of labour law and international labour standards, and searches for solutions to various labour law problems faced by Asian countries.
The project was initiated in late 2003 as part of the ILO/Japan Multi-bilateral Programme on ILO Standards and the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work to promote research and education on international labour standards and fundamental ILO principles among professional groups in Asia such as academics, judges, lawyers and parliamentarians.
The project has significantly contributed to creating greater awareness on ILO standards among labour law researchers in Asia. In every meeting, labour law academics were invited to present the curriculum or labour law courses taught at their institutions as well as highlighting on the content of international labour standards within the curriculum. Now the project is in its fifth phase, which is the final phase. The Asian Regional Conference on Labour Law and Labour Market in the 21st Century is the last activity of the project and likewise served as the inaugural conference for the forthcoming Asian Society of Labour law. The Conference, held on 15 and 16 November 2008, finalised one of the main purposes of the initial Launch Labour Law Project, namely establishment of a firm basis for continued academic network activities.