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. 

ILR Centenary Issues

Current issue

  1. Vol. 163 (2024), No. 1

    • Essential yet excluded: COVID-19 and the decent work deficit among domestic workers in Brazil, by Louisa ACCIARI, Chirlene DOS SANTOS BRITO and Cleide PEREIRA PINTO
    • Shorter hours wanted? A systematic review of working-time preferences and outcomes, by Miklós ANTAL, Benedikt LEHMANN, Thiago GUIMARAES, Alexandra HALMOS and Bence LUKÁCS
    • The fallacy of the lump of labour theory: Evidence for Latin America, by Ignacio APELLA
    • The value of complaints mechanisms in the private labour regulation of GVCs: A case study of the Fair Labor Association, by James HARRISON, Margarita PAREJO and Mark WIELGA
    • Safety and health at work as fundamental rights: A comparative-historical study of the ILO’s strategy of realistic vigilance, by Jeffrey HILGERT
    • Preferential employment policies and firm performance: Evidence from Indian public sector enterprises, by Ritika JAIN and Vinoj ABRAHAM
    • Working, yet not working: Assessing labour underutilization in India, by Shalina Susan MATHEW

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