International Labour Review

The International Labour Review (ILR) is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal of international scope in labour and employment studies. Established in 1921 by decision of the ILO Governing Body, it is published quarterly in English, French and Spanish and administered by the ILO Research Department.

The ILR aims to advance academic research and inform policy debate and decision-making in all fields related to the world of work, such as economics, law, industrial relations, social policy, sociology and history, by publishing and bringing together the original thinking of academics and experts in those fields. It also features concise reports on current developments and reviews of recent major publications considered to be of particular interest to those working in these fields. Read more...

Call for papers for a Special Issue of the International Labour Review

Interlinked crises and the world of work

The International Labour Review invites the submissions of papers that analyse the responses to the impacts of multiple “interlinked crises” on people, especially in the world of work, with a view to publishing a special multidisciplinary issue in English, French and Spanish.

Submissions are encouraged from all fields related to the world of work, such as economics, law, industrial relations, political science, social policy, sociology, psychosocial studies, environmental studies and history; and which make an important contribution to the research literature in this field of study, and provide general lessons for policy, where appropriate.

Abstract submission deadline: 31 January 2023.

Call for papers

ILR centenary

The year 2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the ILR. To celebrate this milestone, the ILR launched various initiatives to highlight its history and multidisciplinary contributions to academic research and policy debate at the global level. These initiatives include an interactive timeline, exploring the people and events that have shaped the journal over the past 100 years, and the publication of a Centenary Collection. This is composed of a dedicated article revisiting the ILR’s history and guest-edited Centenary Issues examining recurring and enduring themes of past ILR articles. 

Centenary launch
A virtual event was organized on 12 July 2021 to mark the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Review (ILR). This showcased the history of the ILR and its contributions to academic research and policy debate on the world of work at the global level. It was also an occasion to present the various initiatives planned to celebrate this important anniversary.

Current issue

  1. Vol. 161 (2022), No. 4

    • Introduction: Worldwide patterns of legal segmentation in employment law, by Ulrich MÜCKENBERGER and Irene DINGELDEY
    • Employment law and its contribution to labour market segmentation in Latin America, by Graciela BENSUSÁN AREOUS
    • Labour market segmentation in Southern Africa and its impact on vulnerable workers, by Elmarie FOURIE and Marius VAN STADEN
    • Legal segmentation in China, India, Malaysia and Viet Nam, by Sean COONEY
    • Not just black and white, but different shades of grey: Legal segmentation and its effect on labour market segmentation in Europe, by Irene DINGELDEY and Jean-Yves GERLITZ
    • Legal segmentation and early colonialism in sub-Saharan Africa: Informality and the colonial exploitative legal employment standard, by Heiner FECHNER
    • Segmenting and equalizing narratives in the ILO’s standard-setting practice, by Jenny HAHS and Ulrich MÜCKENBERGER
    • Law and gendered labour market segmentation, by Judy FUDGE and Guy MUNDLAK

The International Labour Review is a member of the International Association of Labour Law Journals.
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