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. 1

    • Editorial: The Special Issue on COVID-19 and the world of work, by Tzehainesh TEKLÈ
    • The labour market fallout of COVID-19: Who endures, who doesn’t and what are the implications for inequality, by Sergei SOARES and Janine BERG
    • COVID-19 and informal work: Evidence from 11 cities, by Martha Alter CHEN, Erofili GRAPSA, Ghida ISMAIL, Michael ROGAN, Marcela VALDIVIA, Laura ALFERS, Jenna HARVEY, Ana Carolina OGANDO, Sarah Orleans REED and Sally ROEVER
    • Power relations in global supply chains and the unequal distribution of costs during crises: Abandoning garment suppliers and workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, by Mark ANNER
    • COVID-19 in Latin America: The effects of an unprecedented crisis on employment and income, by Luis BECCARIA, Fabio BERTRANOU and Roxana MAURIZIO
    • COVID-19 disparities by gender and income: Evidence from the Philippines, by Rouselle F. LAVADO, Keiko NOWACKA, David A. RAITZER, Yana van der Meulen RODGERS and Joseph E. ZVEGLICH, Jr
    • Is this time really different? How the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on labour markets contrasts with that of the global financial crisis of 2008–09, by Sher VERICK, Dorothea SCHMIDT-KLAU and Sangheon LEE
    • Social partner participation in the management of the COVID-19 crisis: Tripartite social dialogue in Italy, Portugal and Spain, by Sergio CANALDA CRIADO

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