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...

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. 2

    • Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and unpaid care work on informal workers’ livelihoods, by Ana Carolina OGANDO, Michael ROGAN and Rachel MOUSSIÉ
    • COVID-19 and a “crisis of care”: A feminist analysis of public policy responses to paid and unpaid care and domestic work, by Elena CAMILLETTI and Zahrah NESBITT-AHMED
    • Overtime or fragmentation? Family transactions and working time during the COVID-19 pandemic, by Hadrien CLOUET
    • Syrian refugee labour and food insecurity in Middle Eastern agriculture during the early COVID-19 pandemic, by Ann-Christin ZUNTZ, Mackenzie KLEMA, Shaher ABDULLATEEF, Stella MAZERI, Salim Faisal ALNABOLSI, Abdulellah ALFADEL, Joy ABI-HABIB, Maria AZAR, Clara CALIA, Joseph BURKE, Liz GRANT and Lisa BODEN
    • Occupational safety and health challenges for maritime key workers in the global COVID-19 pandemic, by Desai SHAN
    • Essential jobs, remote work and digital surveillance: Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic panopticon, by Antonio ALOISI and Valerio DE STEFANO
    • Proportionate response to the COVID-19 threat? Use of apps and other technologies for monitoring employees under the European Union’s data protection framework, by Seili SUDER and Andra SIIBAK

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