A challenging ménage à trois? Tripartism in the international labour organisation

La Hovary, C. (2015) A challenging ménage à trois? Tripartism in the international labour organisation. International Organizations Law Review, 12(1), pp. 204-236. (doi:10.1163/15723747-01201008)

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Abstract

This article explores one of the foundational features of the International Labour Organization (ILO) – tripartism, or in other words, the fact that it is an institution that brings together representatives of Governments, Employers and Workers – in the light of recent events that have threatened the organisation’s smooth functioning. Disagreement over the interpretation of a convention within the ILO supervisory bodies has revealed the changing balance of power between Employers and Workers, and potentially signals a need to rethink the basis of tripartism. At the same time, however, tripartism is a fundamental distinguishing feature of the ILO, one that arguably sets it apart from other international bodies, and is essential to both the organisation’s mission and the generation of international labour law more generally. This article re-visits the notion of tripartism, examines the problems that its practice within the ILO raises including with regard to issues of representativity and more recent disagreements, as well as the true significance of the current crisis of tripartism and its possible impact for the ILO and international labour law.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:La Hovary, Dr Claire
Authors: La Hovary, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:International Organizations Law Review
Publisher:Brill
ISSN:1572-3739
ISSN (Online):1572-3747
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Koninklijke Brill NV.
First Published:First published in International Organizations Law Review 12(1):204-236
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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