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25 Years after the Adoption of the ILO 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work: What is New in the Human Rights Turn in Labour Law?

June 2023 marked the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the ILO 1998 Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (the Declaration). The Declaration has been a catalyst for intense discussions and has wielded significant influence, within and beyond the ILO. This post explores the most notable impacts of the Declaration, spanning from its inception to the 2022 Amendment that incorporated the right to a safe and healthy working environment. Particularly, it delves into recent advancements within the Inter-American System of Human Rights (IASHR), where the ILO Fundamental Conventions have served as a powerful platform for expanding workers’ rights. With no adjudicatory tribunal within the ILO (see here), regional human rights courts gain significance. The Human Rights Turn in International Labour Law: The ILO Declaration from 1998 to 2022 The adoption of the 1998 Declaration represented the ILO’s strategic response to the challenges brought about by globalization and trade liberalisation, positioning itself as a leading authority in social and labour affairs within…

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Discriminating against Υour Own Nationals: The Peculiar Case of New Zealand Seafarers

As the Covid-19 vaccine rollout continues across many countries, thousands of people have been able to regain a sense of normality in their daily life and employment. This has not always been the case for the thousands of seafarers who continue to face serious challenges as a result of the ongoing crew change crisis. While the numerous…

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The ESCR Revolution Continues: ILO Convention No. 190 on the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

On 21 June 2019, the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted the landmark ILO Convention No. 190 (Convention concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work).  The labour standards set in this Convention were negotiated over a two year period by ILO member governments, workers' representatives, and employers' organizations. The adoption of Convention…

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The Renegotiated “NAFTA”: What Is In It for Labor Rights?

On 1 October 2018, the draft text of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (Draft USMCA), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)’s successor, was published on the official website of the United States Trade Representative. The Agreement has still some way to go though, including extensive legal ‘scrubbing’ by national authorities and, most importantly, approval by the corresponding national legislatures,…

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