Yearbook of Comparative Labour Law Scholarship

The International Association of Labour Law Journals (IALLJ) is grouping leading journals from around the world dedicated to publishing the best research and thought in labour and employment law and industrial relations.

With this background, the IALLJ published the 2014 Yearbook of Comparative Labour Law Scholarship. It was edited by Steven L. Willborn and Alan C. Neal and published by Lancaster House. The volume contained 390 pages with reproductions of the most typical, eye-catching, thoughtful or generally worthwhile contributions of IALLJ member journals. It referred to the product of scholarship in the year 2014.

Law Scholarship. With this second Yearbook, he aimed to repeat the exercise to collect contributions that were made available and published in the association’s member journals.

The idea behind the Yearbooks was not just to expose contributions to a wider audience but also to evoke and grasp, more horizontally throughout our journals, how and what scholarship in labour law is emerging over time. Behind this lies an ambition to make a contribution to trend awareness and critical debate in the larger global community of labour law scholarship.

Bringing a collection of contributions through a Yearbook has shown to be a tremendous effort. The IALLJ has kept on confirming the value of it, but has chosen to use a period of reflection to see what the future of such initiatives can be.

Yearbook of Comparative Labour Law Scholarship 2018

This 2018 Yearbook, edited by Frank Hendrickx, can be freely downloaded in PDF format hereafter:

Second Edition of the Yearbook of Comparative Labour Law Scholarship (2018)

Yearbook of Comparative Labour Law Scholarship 2014

To obtain a copy of this 2014 Yearbook, edited by Steven L. Willborn and Alan C. Neal, please contact the publisher, Lancaster House through their website

Scholarly labour law organisations and communities

The IALLJ and its members have strong links with other scholarly labour law organisations or communities. The association aims to plan and organize its yearly meetings in alignment with a scientific event or conference of these organisations/communities, such as

International Society of Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL)

“The International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL) was constituted in Brussels in June 1958. It is the result of the merger of the International Society for Social Law (São Paulo Congress, 1954, and Brussels Congress, 1958) and the International Congresses of Labour Law (Trieste, 1951, and Geneva, 1957).

The ISLSSL has been established with the following purposes:

  • to study labour and social security law at the national as well as international level,
  • to promote the exchange of ideas and information from a comparative perspective, and
  • to encourage the closest possible collaboration among academics, lawyers, and other experts within the fields of labour and social security law.

The aims of the Society are of a purely scientific character, independent of all considerations of a political, philosophical or religious nature.”


International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA):

“The International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) was established in 1967 and its general purpose is to promote the study of labour and employment relations throughout the world in the relevant academic disciplines, by such means as:

  • encouraging the establishment and development of national associations of labour and employment relations specialists;
  • facilitating the spread of information about significant developments in research and education in the field of labour and employment relations;
  • organising worldwide and regional congresses; and
  • promoting internationally planned research, by organising study groups on particular topics.

The aim of the ILERA is of a purely scientific character, without regard to political, philosophic or religious considerations. The Association does not endorse opinions on policy questions.
Today the Association has over 900 members worldwide including prominent industrial relations scholars and practitioners and 38 national associations and 1 regional association who together form the ILERA Council.”


Labour Law Research Network (LLRN)

“The Labour Law Research Network was set up in 2011 by research institutes/centers from all over the world dedicated to the study of labour law. Our goal is to advance research in labour law and specifically to facilitate the dissemination of research work and encourage open discussion of scholarship and ideas in this field. All labour law scholars are welcome to join.

In memory of George Floyd, the Labour Law Research Network steering committee affirms our commitment to active anti-racism. We will continue in our research endeavours to challenge systematic oppression and violence against black communities, ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples and other persons of colour, whether in the US or elsewhere. We also affirm the rights of all persons to protest, and the importance of journalists being able to report on any protests, without fear, brutality and intimidation. We believe this to be vital to justice everywhere. As an academic community, we remain open and willing to learn how best to expose and address these ongoing issues, and will be listening to your voices in the months and years ahead.

The LLRN holds a Biennial Conference to facilitate presentation of academic scholarship in labour law along with discussion and debate over topical issues in the field.”