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.

(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. 

(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 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. 

(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 José Roberto HERRERA VERGARA (Colombia) [Appointed in 2022]
Doctor of Law; former magistrate and President of the Supreme Court of Justice; associate judge of the Constitutional Court; Vice-President of the Ibero-American Academy of Labour and Social Security Law; Emeritus and Honorary Professor at the University of Rosario; Professor of labour and social security law at the Javeriana University; former Secretary-General of the Office of the Attorney-General; Class A arbitrator in administrative law, Chamber of Commerce of Colombia; former head of the Labour Department of the Banco Cafetero; former President of the Colombian Social Security Association; member of the Commission for Truth on the Palace of Justice Holocaust.

Mr Benedict Bakwaph KANYIP (Nigeria)  [Appointed in 2022]
President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria; fellow, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS); member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association and Nigerian Society of International Law; fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and the Nigerian Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; member of the National Judicial Council and the Federal Judicial Service Commission; expert on consumer protection, labour law and tax law, with numerous publications on the subjects. Holder of the National Honour of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).

Ms Irene KASHINDI (Kenya) [Appointed in 2023]
Advocate Kashindi is a partner at Munyao Muthama and Kashindi Advocates with over 15 years’ as a practicing advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She has been recognised and acclaimed locally in Kenya and internationally as a leading expert with significant experience in employment and labour relations matters. She practices in areas of commercial and civil litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution. She regularly appears before the High Court Employment and Labour Relations Court, the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Kenya. She is a co-author of Kashindis’ Digest of Employment Cases, a collection of key labour law judicial precedents. She represents the Law Society of Kenya in the Employment and Labour Relations Court Rules Committee, which has the mandate to review and make rules of procedure for the labour court under the Employment and Labour Relations Act, 2011. In the area of alternative dispute resolution, Ms Kashindi is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom) and has been involved in a mediation, conciliation and arbitration in the employment disputes. She was a Board Member of the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board from 2020 to November 2023. She received her Bachelor’s and Master of Law degree (Financial Services Law) from the University of Nairobi.

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. 

(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). 

Mr Sandile NGCOBO (South Africa)  [Appointed in 2020]
Former Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa; former Judge and acting Judge President of the Labour Appeal Court of South Africa; former Judge of the Supreme Court, Cape of Good Hope Provincial Division; acting Judge of the Supreme Court of Namibia; presiding officer of the Electoral Tribunal of the Independent Election Commission during the first democratic election in South Africa in 1994; visiting Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School, the University of New York Law School, and former visiting Professor of Law at the Columbia University School of Law and the Cornell Law School; former Chairperson of the South African Presidential Remuneration Review Commission of Inquiry; former attorney in law firms in South Africa and the United States.

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).

Ms Mia RÖNNMAR (Sweden) [Appointed in 2023]
Professor Rönnmar is a Full Professor of Private Law specializing in labour law and industrial relations at Lund University in Sweden, after having served as Dean for six years from 2015 to 2020. She has been a visiting researcher at e.g. the LSE, the EUI and Sydney Law School, where she developed and taught an intensive LLM-course in International and Comparative Labour Law. Professor Rönnmar has extensive experience of international, comparative, and interdisciplinary research in labour law and industrial relations. Formerly President of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) from 2018 to 2021, Professor Rönnmar has taught various levels of labour law. She is a joint editor of a forthcoming publication entitled Making and Breaking Gender Inequalities in Work, constituting an outcome of the 19th ILERA World Congress held in Lund, and has published widely on labour law, equality and human rights, age discrimination, internships, and apprenticeships. Professor Rönnmar holds a Doctor of Laws in Private Law (LLD) from the Faculty of Law, Lund University.

Mr Iain ROSS (Australia) [Appointed in 2023]
Judge Ross was appointed Judge of the Federal Court and President of Fair Work Australia until his retirement in 2022. His previous positions include serving as Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and VicePresident of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. Since 1997, Judge Ross has lectured at the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney and was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor of Law in 2004. He has also been an Adjunct Professor in the University of Sydney’s Business School since March 2014. He has been a member of various legislative reform committees, among them as Commissioner of the New South Wales Reform Commission, member of the Tribunal’s Working Group to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) Review of the Federal Civil Justice System and part-time Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission. Judge Ross holds a Master of Law and a PhD in Law from the University of Sydney and has also studied at the London Business School and Warwick Business School.

Ms Kamala SANKARAN (India)  [Appointed in 2018]
Professor, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru; Former Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi and 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 Ambiga SREENEVASAN (Malaysia)  [Appointed in 2022]
Well-known human rights advocate and recipient of several international awards; Member of the Institutional Reforms Committee of Malaysia; legal assistant and then partner, Skrine (1982–2001), one of the largest law firms in Malaysia; partner, Tommy Thomas (2001–2002); former President of the Malaysian Bar (2007–2009); former Chairperson and then Co-Chairperson of Bersih 2.0 (Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections) (2010–2013); former President of the National Human Rights Society (Hakam) (2014–2018); founded her own law firm in 2002 specializing in trademark, copyright and patent litigation; active in dispute resolution; commissioner and alternate member of the Executive Committee of the International Commission of Jurists.

(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).