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Critical perspectives on the ILO: its role, efficacy and future

A BSA Work, Employment and Economic Life Study Group Seminal Panel

8 June 2022 (14:00-15:30 BST)

About the Event

Instabilities and pressures from ongoing geopolitical strife, mass population movement, climate crisis and Covid are affecting working people throughout the world. They have already had a far-reaching impact on employment, and exacerbate long-standing concerns about the apparently limitless power of MNCs to shape the employment relationship. Therefore this panel asks, what role does, should, or can the ILO take in the complex field of regulating employment and protecting workers’ rights in this crisis-ridden global labour market? Following the ILO’s recent centenary celebrations, and in advance of the upcoming change of leadership, this is a good time for critical reflection on the organisation’s ability to meet its original mandate in setting international labour standards.


  • Professor Tonia Novitz
    Tonia Novitz is Professor of Labour Law at the University of Bristol Centre for Law at Work. Her research interests encompass labour rights, collective labour voice, international and EU trade, sustainability and migration.
  • Professor Nicola Piper
    Nicola Piper is Professor of International Migration and Founding Director of the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre at the University of Sydney. She is currently on secondment and British Academy Global Professor Fellow hosted by Queen Mary University of London’s School of Law (2019-2022).
  • Dr Huw Thomas
    Huw Thomas is Lecturer in Work, Employment, Organization and Public Policy at the University of Bristol. His research focuses on the transnational politics of work and labour regulation.


  • Professor Jean Jenkins
    Jean Jenkins is a co-director of WISERD and Professor of Employment Relations at Cardiff Business School. Her research focuses on labour rights, social justice and industrial relations in global supply chains. She is an Associate of Labour Behind the Label and the Clean Clothes Campaign and has contributed to a range of practitioner reports in collaboration with trade unions as well as academic books and journal publications in her field.


This event is free to attend, however, registration is required.