International Conference on Labour Law in Georgia

On 3-4 March 2017, Gudauri, Georgia, hosted the international conference “Legislative and Practical Challenges of Georgian Labour Law”.

News | 05 March 2017
The conference attracted university students and faculty, as well as representatives of the country's legislative and executive authorities. The forum was initiated and organised by the Law Faculty of the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, with support from the ILO project "Improved Compliance with Labour Laws in Georgia," the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Germany), and several major Georgian companies.

The conference guests and speakers included members of the Parliament of Georgia, officials of the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Protection, representatives of workers' and employers' organisations, and the country's leading lawyers and other experts. The ILO was represented by Kari Tapiola, Zsolt Dudas, Chief Technical Advisor of the ILO project “Improved compliance with labour laws in Georgia,” Jeffrey Eisenbraun of the ILO Better Work Programme, and  Lejo Sibbel, Senior International Labour Standards and Labour Law Specialist at the ILO Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The agenda of this two-day forum included eight panel discussions covering topics such as “Economic and legal considerations in labour law relations,” “International labour standards and domestic legislation,” “Employment contracts,” “National labour standards and enforcement,” and others.
In his keynote address, Kari Tapiola spoke about “a new balance of labour relations in the context of a market economy.”

At the conference wrap-up, the organisers and participants developed and coordinated their plans for further cooperation and promotion of an active social dialogue in Georgia.