International Labour Review

International Labour Organization

About the Journal

International Labour Review website – English
Revista Internacional del Trabajo website – Spanish
Revue Internationale du Travail website – French

The International Labour Review (ILR) is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal of international scope in labour and employment studies. Established in 1921 by decision of the ILO Governing Body, it is published quarterly in English, French and Spanish and administered by the ILO Research Department.

The ILR aims to advance academic research and inform policy debate and decision-making in all fields related to the world of work, such as economics, law, industrial relations, social policy, sociology and history, by publishing and bringing together the original thinking of academics and experts in those fields. It also features concise reports on current developments and reviews of recent major publications considered to be of particular interest to those working in these fields.

It applies an editorial policy that:

  • is committed to a rigorous, insightful analysis and the highest scholarly standards;
  • fosters diversity and equality of opportunity by strongly encouraging submissions in English, French and Spanish by authors of all generations and from all world regions;
  • welcomes manuscripts related to the world of work from all disciplines and encourages the submission of those with an inter-disciplinary approach;
  • welcomes both theoretical and empirically-based studies, as well as comparative and international studies, and country-level studies that explore concepts, trends and institutions that are of interest to an international audience;
  • promotes a style of writing that is accessible to both academics and policy-makers and a multidisciplinary readership.

ISSN: 0020-7780 (print); 1564-913X (web)

Frequency : Quarterly

Languages: English, French, Spanish

First year of publication: 1921

Contact Information

Managing Editor:
  • Dr Tzehainesh Teklè (International Labour Review, Research Department, ILO)

4, route des Morillons
CH-1211 Geneva 22

Editorial Board:
  • Richard Samans (Chair, Director of the ILO Research Department, Geneva)
  • Peter Doeringer (Professor of Economics, Boston University
  • Werner Eichorst  (Director of Labor Policy Europe, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA))
  • Jayati Ghosh (Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  • Adriana Marshall (Senior Researcher, Centro de Investigaciones Sociales-CONICET/IDES)
  • Dominique Méda (Professor, University of Paris Dauphine and Collège d’études mondiales, Paris)
    Guy Mundlak (Professor of Labour Law, Tel Aviv University)
  • Uma Rani (Senior Economist, ILO Research Department)
Editorial Advisers:
  • Bina Agarwal
    University of Manchester
  • Richard Anker
    Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts
  • Eileen Applebaum
    Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Mark Anner
    Pennsylvania State University
  • Adelle Blackett
    McGill University
  • Simon Deakin
    University of Cambridge
  • Valerio De Stefano
    KU Leuven
  • Richard Freeman 
    Harvard University
  • Ravi Kanbur 
    Cornell University
  • David Kucera
    ILO Employment Policy Department
  • Deborah Levison
    University of Minnesota
  • Ravi Kanbur
    Cornell University
  • Samuel Lanfranco
    York University, Canada
  • Brian Langille
    University of Toronto
  • Miguel Á. Malo 
    University of Salamancá
  • William Milberg
    New School for Social Research
  • Tonia Novitz 
    University of Bristol Law School
  • Martha Nussbaum
    University of Chicago
  • Paul Osterman
    M.I.T. Sloan School of Management
  • Michael J. Piore
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Amartya Sen
    Harvard University
  • Amparo Serrano
    Complutense University, Madrid
  • Alain Supiot
    Collège de France
ILR Team:
  • Esther Barrett
    Senior English Editor
  • Gaëlle Bossi
    Senior French Editor
  • Lola Montero Cué
    Senior Spanish Editor
  • Philomena De Agrella
    Editorial Assistant
  • Stéphanie Pham-Schall
    Editorial Assistant

Current/Past Issues

Table of contents and abstracts from the current issue can be located here.

Table of contents and abstracts from past issues can be located here.

The online version of the International Labour Review can be located here.


Subscription information can be found here.

Author Guidelines

Guidelines on submitting manuscripts are available here.

Guidelines on submitting special issue proposals are available here.

Guidelines on submitting book reviews are available here.