Transnational Futures of International Labour Law

La justice sociale dans le monde du travail

 

Professor Adelle Blackett's 12-week course commemorates the centenary of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

All lectures are open to the public - either in-person or online - and are accredited for 2 hours of continuing legal education.

This course is funded by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and hosted by the McGill University Faculty of Law

 

The Inaugural Session 

 

ILO General Director, Guy Rider, welcomed participants to the course Transnational Futures of International Labour Law during the inaugural session on January 10. 

His personalized welcome address can be heard here

 

Whither International Labour Law on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination?

 

Ms. Gay McDougall, Vice-chairperson of the United Nation's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and former UN Independent Expert on Minority Rights joined us on March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, for an important conversation on racial discrimination in the global workplace.

Le droit international du travail devant les tribunaux nationaux et régionaux


La professeure Robin-Olivier de l'école de droit de la Sorbonne, l'honorable Louis Lebel, juge à la retraite de la Cour suprême du Canada et Mentor à la Fondation Pierre Elliott Trudeau (PETF), Mme Karen Curtis, Directrice adjointe, Département des normes internationales du travail, Bureau international du Travail, et le professeur Gilles Trudeau de l'Université de Montréal (absent de cette photo) ont discuté de l'influence du droit international du travail sur les décisions des cours canadiennes et de l'Union européenne lors de la séance du 28 février. 

 

Voices, Resistance and International Solidarity

On April 11th, Prof. Emeritus Arthurs, Professor Tonia Novitz and Professor Okafor joined Professor Adelle Blackett for the concluding lecture of the course. 

International Labour Law in Multilateral and Regional Trade

 

On April 4th, Professor Joanna Langille (University of Western Ontario) and Professor Álvaro Santos (Georgetown University) discussed the evolving role of labour law in regional and multilateral trade agreements. They were joined by Ms. Corinne Vargha (Director, International Labour Standards Department NORMES, ILO) by videoconference.

Prof. Langille and Prof. Santos are shown here under the plaque commemorating the ILO's temporary headquarters at McGill University from 1940 to 1948.

China and International Labour Law 

 

On March 28, Dr. Mimi Zou (University Oxford) and Professor Yifeng Chen (Pekin University) presented on China's increasing role in the setting of international labour standards and norms. They were joined by Professor Sean Cooney (University of Melbourne) by videoconference and Ms. Si Chen (D.C.L. Candidate, McGill University, LLDRL). 

La responsabilité sociale corporative, post-Rana Plaza

 

Mme Anne Trebilcock, anciennement Conseillère juridique et directrice du bureau des services juridiques au Bureau International du Travail, reflète sur la responsabilité sociale corporative cinq ans après la tragédie Rana Plaza lors de sa présentation le 7 février dernier. 

La professeure Poonam Puri de la Osgoode Hall Law School, ainsi que la professeure Isabelle Martin de l'Université de Montréal ont également présenté lors de cette séance. 

 

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


Professor Emerita Moira McConnell of Dalhousie University and Professor Bernard Duhaime of the University of Québec in Montreal (UQAM) and Dr. Georges Politakis, Legal Adviser and Director, Office of Legal Services (JUR), International Labour Office, joined us in person and by videoconference during the January 31st session of the course. 

They are seen here with the plaque commemorating the ILO's wartime headquarters at McGill University from 1940 to 1948. 

The Relationship between Forced Labour and Decent Work in Transnational Labour Law


Professor Milman-Sivan of the University of Haifa presented her research on forced prison labour during the February 14 session of the course. 

L'aspect transnational du marché du travail informel

 

Le professeur Rachid Filali Meknassi, Université Mohammed V, Membre de la Commission des experts sur l’application des conventions et recommandations de l’OIT, présente sur la thématique de l'économie informelle lors de la séance du 14 mars. 


He was joined in person by Dr. Sabaa. Khan of the University of Eastern Finland and Mr. Colin Fenwick, Head of the Labour Law and Reform Unit (LABOURLAW) at the International Labour Office by videoconference.

Le droit international du travail devant les tribunaux nationaux et régionaux


L'honorable Louis Lebel, juge à la retraite de la Cour suprême du Canada et Mentor à la Fondation Pierre Elliott Trudeau (PETF),  reflète sur l'influence du droit international du travail sur les décisions de la Cour Suprême du Canada lors de la séance du 28 février. 

Whither International Labour Law on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination? 

 

Ms. Gay McDougall, Vice-chairperson of the United Nation's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and former UN Independent Expert on Minority Rights joined us on March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, for an important conversation on racial discrimination in the global workplace. 

Whither International Labour Law on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination?

 

The Honourable Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré, the first appointed black judge in the history of Quebec, attends the course on March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and discusses with distinguished guest lecturer Ms. Gay McDougall, Vice-Chairperson of the United Nation's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The ILO Supervisory Bodies at a Crossroads


Professor Adelle Blackett, Dr. Maude Choko and D.C.L. Candidate Liam McHugh-Russell comment on Professor Emeritus Evance Kalula and Professor Julia López' presentations during the January 24 session of the course. 

Professor Kalula, Chair of the ILO Freedom of Association Committee and Professor López of Pompeu-Fabra University joined us by videoconference. 

Inaugural Session

 

Professor Guy Fiti Sinclair (Victoria University of Wellington), Professor Larry Helfer (Duke University) and Professor Adelle Blackett (McGill University, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow) presented during the course's inaugural session on January 10.

Le droit international du travail devant les tribunaux nationaux et régionaux

 

L'honorable Louis Lebel, juge à la retraite de la Cour suprême du Canada et Mentor à la Fondation Pierre Elliott Trudeau (PETF), Mme Karen Curtis, Directrice adjointe, Département des normes internationales du travail, Bureau international du Travail, et le professeur Gilles Trudeau de l'Université de Montréal ont discuté de l'influence du droit international du travail sur les décisions des cours canadiennes et de l'Union européenne.

Whither International Labour Law on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 

 

Ms. Gay McDougall, Vice-Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, speaks with Julia Selman-Ayetey (D.C.L. candidate at McGill University and LLDRL member) and other members of the Montreal legal community after her lecture on March 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

L'aspect transnational du marché du travail informel

 

Le professeur Rachid Filali Meknassi, Université Mohammed V, Membre de la Commission des experts sur l’application des conventions et recommandations de l’OIT, présente sur la thématique de l'économie informelle lors de la séance du 14 mars.


He was joined in person by Dr. Sabaa. Khan of the University of Eastern Finland and Mr. Colin Fenwick, Head of the Labour Law and Reform Unit (LABOURLAW) at the International Labour Office by videoconference.

The Relationship between Forced Labour and Decent Work in Transnational Labour Law 

 

Professor Faina Milman-Sivan of the University of Haifa discussed the international labour law in the context of prison labour during the February 14 session of the course. 

La responsabilité sociale corporative, post-Rana Plaza

 

Mme Anne Trebilcock (anciennement Conseillère juridique et directrice du bureau des services juridiques au Bureau International du Travail), la professeure Poonam Puri (Osgoode Hall Law School), et la professeure Isabelle Martin (Université de Montréal) reflètent sur la responsabilité sociale corporative cinq ans après la tragédie Rana Plaza lors de la séance du 7 février dernier.

 

Whither International Labour Law on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Ms. Gay McDougall, Vice-Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, speaks with Balarama Holness (LL.B - B.C.L. candidate at McGill University) and other members of the Montreal legal community after her lecture on March 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

Transnational Futures of International Labour LawLa justice sociale dans le monde du travail

This 12-week lecture series, beginning on January 10 and ending on April 11, convenes 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. Every week, they join Professor Adelle Blackett's classroom to present their research findings and share their expertise on emerging areas and pressing topics in international labour law. This seminar offers a unique opportunity to commemorate the ILO's work over the last 100 years and critically reflect on the transnational futures of international labour law.

The full course program is available below. 

 

To attend 

All lectures are open to the public. To attend in person, kindly RSVP by sending an email to lldrl.law [at] mcgill.ca (subject: TFILL%20RSVP)
Members of the legal community attending the lecture in person may receive credits towards their Continuing Legal Education (CLE), as all seminars are accredited by a recognized provider for 1.5 hours of CLE.


All lectures are also streamed live during the event on both YouTube and Facebook Live. Video recordings of all past lectures are available below. 

 

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

 

Transnational Futures of International Labour Law

"With its forward-looking format and list of leading visiting lecturers, the course has garnered international attention from the labour law community; even the current ILO Director General, Guy Ryder, recorded a personalized speech for the course’s inaugural session, explaining the relationship firmly rooted in history between the organization and McGill, and their shared commitment to furthering social justice." - McGill Reporter article on Professor Blackett's innovative course 

 

Course Outline
 

 

January

January 10 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

Inaugural Class: Transnational Futures of International Labour Law - La Justice sociale dans le monde du travail

Welcomes:

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

Speakers:

  • Professor Adelle Blackett, McGill University, PETF Fellow
  • Professor Guy Fiti Sinclair, University of Wellington
  • Professor Larry Helfer, Duke University

 

January 17 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

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

Speakers:

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

Commentators:

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

     

January 24 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

The ILO Supervisory Bodies at a Crossroads: A Discussion

Speakers:

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

Roundtable:

  • Dr. Maude Choko, LLDRL
  • Liam McHugh Russell, D.C.L. Candidate, European University Institute in Florence, LLDRL

January 31 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

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

Speakers:

  • Professor Bernard Duhaime, UQAM, PETF Fellow
  • Professor Emerita Moira McConnell, Dalhousie University

Commentator:

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


February

February 7 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

La responsabilité sociale corporative, post-Rana Plaza

Speakers:

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

Commentator:

  • Professor Isabelle Martin, University of Montreal



     

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

Speakers:

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

Commentator:

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

February 28 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

Le droit international du travail devant les tribunaux nationaux et régionaux

Speakers:

  • 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

Commentators:

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

 


March

March 14 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

The Transnational in Labour Market Informality

Speakers:

  • 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

Commentator:

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

 

March 21 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Whither International Labour Law on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination? 

Speaker:

  • 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

Speakers:

  • Dr. Mimi Zou, University of Oxford
  • Professor Yifeng Chen, University of Peking

Commentator

  • 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)

 


April

April 4 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

International Labour Law in Multilateral and Regional Trade

Speakers:

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

Commentator:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 11 | 14:30 – 16:15 (EST)

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

Welcome:

  • The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
  • Professor Gregor Murray, Director, Interuniversity Research Network on Globalization and Work (CRIMT)
     

Speakers:

  • 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