Continuing the Struggle: The International Labor Organization (ILO) Centenary and the Future of Global Worker Rights

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End: February 15, 2019
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Washington, DC

Updated dates: November 21-22, 2019


Call for Participants 

New Submission Deadline: February 1, 2019


October 29, 2019, will mark the one-hundredth anniversary of the first International Labor Conference (ILC), held in the Pan American Union Building in Washington, D.C., under the nascent International Labor Organization (ILO). This conference will mark the centenary of that watershed event.  It will be both retrospective and prospective.  It will look back to analyze and evaluate a century of efforts to advance workers’ rights around the globe.  It will look forward to ponder the ways in which global supply chains, financialization, and the growth of the “gig” economy and other forms of non-standard work challenge the ILO system and raise questions about the very definition of employers and employees and the basis of labor relations.


The conference invites participants who can contribute to the exploration of a range of themes related to the ILO’s work. These include:


Global Workers, Global Supply Chains, Global Lives


Gender, Sexuality and Labor Rights


Building Workplace Power and Global Workers' Rights


On Shifting Ground: Labor Standards, Policy and the Future of Work


Please send paper, presentation, or panel proposals to  Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2018.