Events & Announcements
Special Forum on Race, Discrimination and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in North America
Faculty of Law, McGill University, 22-23 November 2013
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights & the Faculty of Law of McGill University present a Special Forum on Race, Discrimination and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in North America. The event will take place in the Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (NCDH 100) at the Faculty of Law.
The chair, Commissioner José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez (Mexico, rapporteurship on human rights defenders), Commissioner Rose-Marie Belle Antoine (St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago, rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons of African Descent and Against Racial Discrimination) and Commissioner Dinah Shelton (U.S., rapporteurship on the rights of indigenous peoples) will be in attendance.
This event is supported by the Faculty of Law and the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory.
To register, please contact Mr. Hilaire Sobers (osobers [at] oas [dot] org). Space permitting, it will also be possible to register on the day of the event at the welcome table. Free and open to the public.
Download the bilingual programme [.pdf]
Labour Law Research Network Inaugural Conference
June 13-15, 2013
The first inaugural LLRN conference took place in Barcelona, June 13-15, 2013. The Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory is a founding member and contibuted to organizing and and financing the initiative.
LLDRL team member Armel Brice Adanhounme shortlisted for Polanyi-Levitt Prize
13 May 2013
Armel Brice Adanhounme, a Banting postdoctoral fellow at McGill University’s Faculty of Law and associate researcher at the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT), was recently shortlisted for this year's Kari Polanyi-Levitt Prize for his paper, “Assessing Chinese Investments in sub-Saharan African Countries: An Institutional Perspective.”
CDPDJ renders landmark opinion on the systemic discrimination of migrant workers in Québec
On 21 February, 2012, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse rendered an opinion urging the Québec government to change its immigration law and programs to put an end to the systemic discrimination of migrant workers. The opinion of the Commission, titled La discrimination systémique à l’égard des travailleuses et de travailleurs migrants, concludes that live-in caregivers, seasonal agricultural workers and other foreign temporary low-skilled workers are victims of systemic discrimination on the basis of their ethnic or national origin, race, social condition, language and in the case of live-in caregivers, their sex. An English summary of the opinion is available here.
Regulating Employment: Between Universality and Selectivity
A Legal Workshop with Guy Davidov of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Law.
March 28, 2012
March 16-17, 2012
Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine appointed to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
The LLDRL is thrilled to announce the appointment of Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, at the 41st Regular Session of the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly, in San Salvador.
Adoption of the ILO Convention on Domestic Workers
The 100th ILO annual Conference has adopted an unprecedented set of international standards aimed at improving the working conditions of domestic workers worldwide. Read the Convention on Domestic Workers (2011) and accompanying Recommendation.
Luncheon Conference with Patrick Carrière
March 30, 2011
Patrick Carrière, distinguished consultant on labour law and former Senior Legal Officer of the Freedom of Association branch at the International Labour Office in Geneva, presented a lecture on the evolution of the International Labour Organization, its current politics and future prospects. The conference, held at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, provided a rare opportunity to dialogue with a former leading ILO official and was highlighted by M. Carrière's rich anecdotal experience on a range of critical labour issues such as the freedom of association and child labour.
Conference Recordings: Black Histories, Black Futures
Video and audio recordings of the February 12th, 2011 Black Histories, Black Futures Conference are available online.
The first Dean Maxwell & Isle Cohen Doctoral Seminar in International Law
"Implementing International Law in the Domestic Legal Order"
28 June 2010
Organized by the Hans & Tamar Oppenhemier Chair in Public International Law in collaboration with the LLDRL, the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, the first Dean Maxwell and Isle Cohen Doctoral Seminar in International Law provided twelve doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in international law, the opportunity to present and discuss their research ideas with fellow researchers and professors from the Faculty.
Decent Work for Domestic Workers
March 29, 2010
The LLDRL, in collaboration with CRIMT and McGill University's Faculty of Law, held an international seminar entitled "Regulating Decent Work for Domestic Workers" on March 29, 2010.
More than forty years after having recognized the urgency of a study on the working conditions of domestic workers, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is on track to adopt an international convention on decent work for domestic workers. At the 301st session (March 2008), the International Labour Office's Board decided to include the issue of decent work for domestic workers on the agenda of the International Labour Conference's 99th session (2010). In order to facilitate the discussion during this Conference, it prepared a report [.pdf], which includes information on countries around the world, and an inventory and analysis of the laws and regulations adopted in various countries.
The conference, jointly organized by the laboratory and CRIMT, brought together international and interdisciplinary researchers interested in the issue of domestic labour, as well as a group of eminent specialists in the field (public officials, members of associations). The intended objective was to reflect on aspects of the domestic economy and the governance of paid labour in the domestic sphere. The themes addressed included the articulation of various social relationships identified by the laboratory and focused on questions such as the regulation of domestic labour in family settings, labour inspections in family settings, unpaid labour, domestic worker agencies, informal labour.
The participants also discussed legislation, legal provisions, and their impacts in various countries (India, Brazil, Southeast Asia), as well as the Canadian experience in this area. It involved, by means of a comparative approach, identifying the main issues related to the regulation of this work.
Visit the Website featuring proceedings from the International Seminar: Regulating Decent Work for Domestic Workers.
Labour Law and Economic Crisis: A European Perspective
December 2, 2009
The LLDRL, in collaboration with CRIMT and McGill University's Faculty of Law, organized a lecture by Sir Bob Hepple, Emeritus Professor at Clare College, Cambridge University entitled "Labour Law and Economic Crisis: A European Perspective" on December 2, 2009. A recording of the conference can be found here.