Members of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations

The members of the Committee of Experts are reputed legal experts of high national and international standing. They are appointed by the Governing Body on the recommendation of its Officers, upon the proposal of the Director-General. The members of the Committee of Experts are independent and of high moral character; they serve in their personal capacity and are recognized as impartial. The appointments are made for renewable periods of three years. In 2002, the Committee decided that there would be a limit of 15 years’ service for all members, representing a maximum of four renewals after the first three-year appointment.


Mr Shinichi AGO
(Japan)  [Appointed in 2015]
Professor of Law, Director, Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto; former Professor of International Economic Laws and Dean of the Faculty of Law at Kyushu University; member of the Asian Society of International Law, the International Law Association and the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law; Judge, Asian Development Bank Administrative Tribunal.

Ms Lia ATHANASSIOU
(Greece)  [Appointed in 2015]
Full Professor of Maritime and Commercial Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Faculty of Law); Elected Member of the Deanship Council of the Faculty of Law and Director of the Postgraduate Programme on Business and Maritime Law; President of the Organizing Committee of the International Conference on Maritime Law held in Piraeus (Greece) every three years; Ph.D. from the University of Paris I-Sorbonne; authorization by the same university to supervise academic research; LL.M. Aix-Marseille III; LL.M. Paris II Assas; visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and Fulbright Scholar (2007–08); member of Legislative Committees on various commercial law issues. She has lectured and effectuated academic research in several foreign institutions in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Malta, the United States, etc. She has published extensively on maritime, competition, industrial property, company, European and transport law (eight books and more than 60 papers and contributions in collective works in Greek, English and French); practising lawyer and arbitrator specializing in European, commercial and maritime law. 

Ms Leila AZOURI
(Lebanon)  [Appointed in 2014]
Doctor of Law; Professor of Labour Law at the Faculty of Law at Sagesse University, Beirut; Director of Research at the Doctoral School of Law of the Lebanese University; former Director of the Faculty of Law of the Lebanese University until 2016; member of the Executive Bureau of the National Commission for Lebanese Women; Chairperson of the national commission responsible for the preparation of the reports submitted by the Government of Lebanon to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) until 2017; legal expert for the Arab Women Organization until 2017; member of the “ILO Policy Advisory Committee on Fair Migration” in the Middle East. 

Mr Lelio BENTES CORRÊA
(Brazil)  [Appointed in 2006]
Judge at the Labour Superior Court (Tribunal Superior do Trabalho) of Brazil, former Labour Public Prosecutor of Brazil, LL.M of the University of Essex, United Kingdom; former member of the National Council of Justice of Brazil; Professor at the Instituto de Ensino Superior de Brasilia; Professor at the National School for Labour Judges.

Mr James J. BRUDNEY (United States)  [Appointed in 2010]
Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY; Co-Chair of the Public Review Board of the United Automobile Workers Union of America (UAW); former Visiting Fellow, Oxford University, United Kingdom; former Visiting Faculty, Harvard Law School; former Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; former Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the United States Senate Subcommittee on Labour; former attorney in private practice; and former law clerk to the United States Supreme Court.

Ms Graciela DIXON CATON (Panama)  [Appointed in 2010]
Former President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Panama; former President of the Penal Court of Cassation and of the Chamber of General Business Matters of the Supreme Court of Panama; former President of the International Association of Women Judges; former President of the Latin American Federation of Judges; former National Consultant for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); currently Judge of the Inter-American Development Bank Administrative Tribunal; Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration of the Official Chamber of Commerce of Madrid; Arbitrator at the Center for Dispute Resolution (CESCON) of the Panamanian Chamber of Construction, as well as for the Conciliation and Arbitration Center of the Panamanian Chamber of Commerce; and legal adviser and international consultant. 

Mr Rachid FILALI MEKNASSI
(Morocco)  [Appointed in 2009]
Doctor of Law; former Professor at the University Mohammed V of Rabat; member of the Higher Council of Education, Training and Scientific Research; consultant with national and international public bodies, including the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and UNICEF; National Coordinator of the ILO project “Sustainable Development through the Global Compact” (2005–08). 

Mr Abdul G. KOROMA (Sierra Leone)  [Appointed in 2005]
Judge at the International Court of Justice (1994–2012); former President of the Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva; former member and Chairman of the International Law Commission; former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations (New York) and former Ambassador Plenipotentiary to the European Union, Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and many countries. 

Mr Alain LACABARATS (France)  [Appointed in 2017]
Judge at the Court of Cassation; former President of the third Civil Chamber of the Court of Cassation; former President of the Social Chamber of the Court of Cassation; former member of the Higher Council of the Judiciary; former member of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary and the Consultative Council of European Judges (Council of Europe); former Vice-President of the Paris Regional Court; former President of the Paris Appellate Court Chamber; former lecturer at several French universities and author of many publications. 

Ms Elena MACHULSKAYA
(Russian Federation)  [Appointed in 2010]
Professor of Law, Department of Labour Law, Faculty of Law, Moscow State Lomonosov University; Professor of Law, Department of Civil Proceedings and Social Law, Russian State University of Oil and Gas; Secretary, Russian Association for Labour and Social Security Law; 2011–16 member of the European Committee of Social Rights; member of the President’s Committee of the Russian Federation on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (non-paid basis). 

Ms Karon MONAGHAN (United Kingdom)  [Appointed in 2013]
Queen’s Counsel; former Deputy High Court Judge (2010–19); former Judge of the Employment Tribunal (2000–08); practising lawyer with Matrix Chambers, specializing in discrimination and equality law, human rights law, European Union law, public law and employment law; advisory positions include Special Adviser to the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee for the inquiry on women in the workplace (2013–14); former Honorary Visiting Professor, Faculties of Laws, University College London.

Mr Vitit MUNTARBHORN (Thailand)  [Appointed in 2009]
Professor Emeritus of Law, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; KBE; former United Nations University Fellow at the Refugee Studies Programme, Oxford University; former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography; former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; former Chairperson of the United Nations Coordination Committee of Special Procedures; Chairperson of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the Ivory Coast (2011); former member, Advisory Board, United Nations Human Security Fund; a Commissioner of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic (2012–16); recipient of the 2004 UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education; former United Nations Independent Expert on Protection against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; member of United Nations Secretary-General’s Civil Society Advisory Board on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. 

Ms Rosemary OWENS (Australia)  [Appointed in 2010]
Professor Emerita of Law, Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide; former Dame Roma Mitchell Professor of Law (2008–15); former Dean of Law (2007–11); Officer of the Order of Australia; Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (and Director (2014–16)); former editor and currently member of the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Labour Law; member of the scientific and editorial board of the Révue de droit comparé du travail et de la sécurité sociale; member of the Australian Labour Law Association (and former member of its National Executive); International Reader for the Australian Research Council; Chairperson of the South Australian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Work–Life Balance (2010–13); Chairperson and member of the Board of Management of the Working Women’s Centre (SA) (1990–2014).

Ms Mónica PINTO (Argentina)  [Appointed in 2017]
Mónica Pinto is Professor Emerita of International Law and Human Rights Law, and former Dean, University of Buenos Aires Law School. She is a member of the Institut de droit international. She is the President of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal and of the Inter-American Development Bank Administrative Tribunal; a member of the ICSID Panel of Conciliators and Arbitrators; of the Consolidated List of Arbitrators for the Settlement of Disputes According to the Protocol of Olivos, and Alternate Member of the Permanent Tribunal of Revision/TPR, both of Mercosur. She has appeared before different human rights bodies, arbitral tribunals and the International Court of Justice as a counsel, as an expert. She currently serves as an arbitrator. She has served in different capacities as human rights expert for the UN. She has been visiting professor of law at Columbia Law School, University of Paris I & II, University of Rouen. She has taught a course at The Hague Academy of International Law. She was distinguished with the Goler T. Butcher Medal and the Honorary Membership by the American Society of International Law and received Honoris Causa degrees from the Universities of Chile and La Plata. She is the author of some books and many articles. 

Mr Paul-Gérard POUGOUÉ
(Cameroon)  [Appointed in 2009]
Professor of Law (agrégé), Professor Emeritus, Yaoundé University; guest or associate professor at several universities and at the Hague Academy of International Law; on several occasions, President of the jury for the agrégation competition (private law and criminal sciences section) of the African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES); former member (1993–2001) of the Scientific Council of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF); former member (2002–12) of the Council of the International Order of Academic Palms of CAMES; member of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law, the International Foundation for the Teaching of Business Law, the Association Henri Capitant and the Society of Comparative Law; founder and Director of the review Juridis périodique; President of the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights in Central Africa (APDHAC); Chairperson of the Scientific Board of the Labour Administration Regional African Centre (CRADAT); Chairperson of the Scientific Board of the Catholic University of Central Africa (UCAC).

Mr Raymond RANJEVA (Madagascar)  [Appointed in 2008]
President of the Madagascar National Academy of Arts, Letters and Sciences; former member (1991–2009), Vice-President (2003–06) and senior judge (2006–09) of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and President (2005) of the Chamber formed by the ICJ to deal with the Benin/Niger frontier dispute; Bachelor’s degree in Law (1965), University of Madagascar, Antananarivo; Doctorate of Law, University of Paris II; Agrégé of the Faculties of Law and Economics, Public Law and Political Science section, Paris (1972); Doctor honoris causa of the Universities of Limoges, Strasbourg and Bordeaux-Montesquieu; former Professor at the University of Madagascar (1981–91) and other institutions; former First Rector of the University of Antananarivo (1988–90); member of the Malagasy delegation to several international conferences; Head of the Malagasy delegation to the United Nations Conference on Succession of States in respect of Treaties (1976–77); former first Vice-President for Africa of the International Conference of French-speaking Faculties of Law and Political Science (1987–91); member of the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce; member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport; member and former Vice-President of the Institute of International Law; member of numerous national and international professional and academic societies; Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law; member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; President of the African Society of International Law since 2012; former Vice-Chairman of the International Law Institute (2015–17); Chairperson of the ILO Commission of Inquiry on Zimbabwe; associate of the Académie de Sciences d’Outre-mer (Paris).

Ms Kamala SANKARAN (India)  [Appointed in 2018]
Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi and former Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu National Law University, Tiruchirappalli (2016–19); Former Dean, Legal Affairs, University of Delhi; member, Task Force to Review Labour Laws, National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised and Informal Sector, Government of India; member, International Advisory Board, International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations; member, Editorial Board, University of Oxford Human Rights Hub Journal; Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study, South Africa; Visiting South Asian Research Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford University; Fulbright Post-Doctoral Research Scholar, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC.

Ms Deborah THOMAS-FELIX
(Trinidad and Tobago)  [Appointed in 2015]
President of the Industrial Court of Trinidad and Tobago since 2011; Judge of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal since 2014; former President and Second Vice-President of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal; former Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission; former Chair of the Caribbean Group of Securities Regulators; former Deputy Chief Magistrate of the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago; former President of the Family Court of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Hubert Humphrey Fulbright Fellow; Georgetown University Leadership Seminar Fellow; and Commonwealth Institute of Judicial Education Fellow.

Mr Bernd WAAS (Germany)  [Appointed in 2015]
Professor of Labour Law and Civil Law at the University of Frankfurt; Coordinator and member of the European Labour Law Network; Coordinator of the European Centre of Expertise in the field of labour law, employment and labour market policies (ECE); President of the German Society for Labour and Social Security Law and member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL); member of the Advisory Committee of the Labour Law Research Network (LLRN).