Transnational Futures of International Labour Law to start on January 10, 2019

To mark the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Professor Adelle Blackett is bringing a new course to McGill’s Faculty of Law entitled Transnational Futures of International Labour Law.

The inaugural session of this 12-week lecture series will be held on January 10 from 14:30 to 16:15 (EST).

All lectures of this seminar will be webcast live on YouTube and are open to the public (seating is limited, so kindly RSVP to [at] (subject: RSVP%20Transnational%20Future%20of%20International%20Labour%20Law) ).

Taught with leading visiting lecturers on transnational labour law and the ILO, this seminar will offer an opportunity to offer critical reflections on the transnational future of international labour law.

This seminar is accredited by a recognized provider for 1.5 hours of continuing legal education for those attending the lecture in person only. 


Thursday, January 10 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

Inaugural Class


  • Mr. Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Office (pre-recorded)
  • Me Pascale Fournier, Ad. E., President and CEO of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (PETF)
  • Professor Robert Leckey, Dean of Law, McGill University


  • Professor Adelle Blackett, McGill University, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow
  • Professor Guy Fiti Sinclair, University of Wellington
  • Professor Larry Helfer, Duke University

Thursday, January 17 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

Les défis transnationaux de la régulation internationale du travail migrant et de la violence au travail


  • Professor François Crépeau, McGill University, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow
  • Professor Katherine Lippel, University of Ottawa


  • Ryszard Cholewinski, Senior Migration Policy Specialist, International Labour Office, Regional Office for Arab States, Beirut (by videoconference)
  • Shauna Olney, Chief, Gender Equality and Diversity & HIV/AIDS, International Labour Office, Geneva (by videoconference)

Thursday, January 24 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

The ILO Supervisory Bodies at a Crossroads: A Discussion


  • Professor Emeritus Evance Kalula, University of Cape Town, Chair, ILO Freedom of Association Committee (by videoconference)
  • Professor Julia López, Pompeu-Fabra University (by videoconference)


  • Dr. Maude Choko, Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory (LLDRL)
  • Liam McHugh Russell, D.C.L. Candidate, European University Institute in Florence, Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory (LLDRL)

Thursday, January 31 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

The Persisting Relevance of Early Examples of the Transnational in International Labour Law


  • Professor Bernard Duhaime, University of Québec in Montreal (UQAM), Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow
  • Professor Emerita Moira McConnell, Dalhousie University


  • Dr. Georges Politakis, Legal Adviser and Director, Office of Legal Services (JUR), International Labour Office, Geneva (by videoconference)

Thursday, February 7 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

La responsabilité sociale corporative, post-Rana Plaza


  • Ms. Anne Trebilcock, former ILO Legal Advisor
  • Professor Poonam Puri, Osgoode Hall Law School, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow


  • Professor Isabelle Martin, University of Montreal

Thursday, February 14 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

The relationship between Forced Labour and Decent Work in Transnational Labour Law: Case studies of International Labour Law on Prison Labour and Domestic Work


  • Professor Faina Milman Sivan, University of Haifa
  • Professor Adelle Blackett, McGill University, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow


  • Anna Torriente, Senior Legal Officer, International Labour Standards Department, International Labour Office, Geneva (by videoconference)

Thursday, February 28 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

Le droit international du travail devant les tribunaux nationaux et régionaux


  • The Hon. Louis LeBel, retired justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellow
  • Professor Sophie Robin-Olivier, Faculty of Law, Sorbonne University


  • Professeur Gilles Trudeau, Faculty of Law, University of Montreal
  • Karen Curtis, Deputy Director, International Labour Standards Department, International Labour Office, Geneva

Thursday, March 7 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

Reading Week break – no lecture

Thursday, March 14 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

The Transnational in Labour Market Informality


  • Dr. Sabaa Khan, University of Eastern Finland
  • Professor Rachid Filali Meknassi, University Mohammed V, Member of the Committee of Experts on the Application of ILO Conventions and Recommendations, International Labor Standards, Legal Pluralism and the Informal Economy


  • Colin Fenwick, Head of the Labour Law and Reform Unit (LABOURLAW), International Labour Office, Geneva (by videoconference)

Thursday, March 21 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

Whither International Labour Law on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination? Reflections from CERD on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Welcome address

  • Angela Campbell, Professor of Law & Associate Provost (Policies, Procedures and Equity), McGill University


  • Ms Gay McDougall, Vice-chairperson, United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, former UN Independent Expert on Minority Rights


Thursday, March 28 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

China and International Labour Law


  • Dr. Mimi Zou, University of Oxford
  • Professor Yifeng Chen, University of Peking
  • Professor Sean Cooney, University of Melbourne (via videoconference)


  • Si Chen, D.C.L. Candidate, McGill University and Teaching Fellow, Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory (LLDRL)

Thursday, April 4 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

International Labour Law in Multilateral and Regional Trade


  • Professor Álvaro Santos, Georgetown University
  • Professor Joanna Langille, University of Western Ontario, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar 


  • Corinne Vargha, Director, International Labour Standards Department, International Labour Office, Geneva 

Thursday, April 11 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

Voice, Resistance and International Solidarity in Transnational Labour Law’s Futures 


  • Professor Gregor Murray, Director, Interuniversity Research Network on Globalization and Work (CRIMT), University of Montreal


  • Professor Tonia Novitz, University of Bristol
  • Professor Emeritus Harry Arthurs, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Professor Obiora Okafor, Osgoode Hall Law School & UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity


Support for this initiative

This initiative is funded by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and is the core component of Professor Adelle Blackett's Trudeau Fellowship project entitled "Canadian Contributions to Social Justice in the World of Work: Transnational Futures of International Labour Law."

Professor Blackett's project aims to celebrate the role that the International Labour Organization (ILO) has played in its first century, especially in its fostering of social justice in the world of work and its exploration of the challenges of the changing paradigm of work. The goal is to convene leading stakeholders in Canada and abroad, from within the ILO and beyond, to lead high-level discussions and to formulate recommendations on the role of transnational labour law in a globally interconnected world.

Further information regarding Professor Blackett's project is available on the Trudeau Foundation's website.

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