External Events

Information on Labour Law events external to ALLA.

Please note: For events of the International Society of Social Security & Labour Law (ISL& SSL), see the ISL&SSL page.

Upcoming Events

AIRAANZ Conference, Online, 9-11 February 2022

The theme of the conference is: ‘Work Not As Usual'. This theme allows us to explore key issues for employment relations research including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The work-related impacts and implications of COVID-19
  • The challenges presented by low-paid and insecure forms of work and widening inequalities
  • Existing and emerging challenges relating to gender, work and family
  • The impacts of digitisation and technological change on work
  • The responses by employment relations actors and institutions (governments, employers, workers and their representatives) to rapid changes at work and in labour markets
  • The implications of changes in work for employment relations theory

The conference will involve a workshop for higher degree research students on Wednesday 9 February, with most other activities taking place on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 February. A draft program can be accessed here.

Registration is now open

13th ILERA European Congress, Barcelona, Spain, 8-10 September 2022

Industrial Relations and the Green Transition: Towards inclusive and sustainable growth

The XIII European Regional Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) will take place in Barcelona on 8-10 September 2022 and will explore the contribution of industrial relations to the Green Transition towards a low carbon economy.

The Covid-19 crisis has made even more necessary the implementation of radical transformations in the economies to make them socially and environmentally sustainable. As part of the response to climate change, but also to the pandemic, many countries are currently debating the implementation of so-called New Green Deals.

The congress will provide an opportunity to discuss the role of social dialogue and collective bargaining in fostering green transitions at micro, meso and macro level.

Submission for individual papers and special sessions close 6 February 2022. Further details can be found here.

Past Events

ALERA Annual Conference, Online, 15-16 October 2021

The theme of this year’s conference is The Future of Employment Relations & Work: Productivity, Sustainability, AI, Digitization & the Gig Economy after COVID-19.

Further information and registration available here.

Australasian Association of Workplace Investigators, Hybrid Conference, Friday 10 September 2021

The Australasian Association of Workplace Investigators (AAWI) are holding their annual conference on 10 September 2021. The conference HQ will be in Auckland, New Zealand, with local hubs in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as online. To read more and register please follow this link.

The AAWI is a chapter of the US-based Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), focusing on connecting workplace investigators in our industry and improving the standards of workplace investigations. The AAWI website may be accessed through the AWI portal.

Please click this link to see the conference flyer which has a link to the conference website and click this link to find the information on the speakers.

Labour Law Research Network 5, Online, 27-29 June 2021

Given the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic the fifth LLRN conference will be held online on June 27-29, 2021. Registration is available here.

Planning has commenced for the sixth LLRN conference to held in Warsaw in 2023 hosted by the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw, and co-organised by University of Lodz.

19th ILERA World Congress, Online, 21-24 June 2021

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and in order to ensure a safe and inclusive congress with participation from around the world, the organisers in collaboration with the ILERA Executive Committee, have decided that the World Congress will go online.

We set out to offer an engaging and inspiring congress design, where robust digital solutions will provide for high quality transmission of panels, sessions and presentations, and where participants will be able to communicate and collaborate in various ways in a broad and global setting.

The World Congress will provide excellent opportunities for discussion of new research results and policies, exchange of best practices, and social networking. We are striving to keep the congress fees to a minimum.

Further details and registration for the 19th ILERA World Congress can be found here.

ALERA ACT Annual Conference, 20 March 2020

The theme of this year’s conference is Fair Workplaces; Culture & Values. This all day conference will feature industry leading experts exploring topics like recruitment practices, compliance culture and supporting employees experiencing family and domestic violence. Further information and registration available here.

AIRAANZ Conference, Rydges, Queenstown, New Zealand 11-14 February 2020

The Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) will hold its annual conference at Rydges, Queenstown, New Zealand . For further details please see the AIRAANZ website.

The theme of the conference is: "Doing things differently? IR practice and research beyond 2020". This theme allows us to explore all manner of employment related topics, and ask ourselves: what will be our focus in practice and research in the uncertain times ahead? The contributions of industrial relations scholarship and practice to understanding and responding to the challenges of change and how we might best study these changes.

New Zealand Labour Law Society Conference, 15-16 November 2019

The New Zealand Labour Law Society’s fifth biennial conference will be held on Friday and Saturday 15-16th November 2019 at Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington.

The conference themes are:

Engaging with the UN Sustainability AgendaIn particular Goals 5 (Gender Equality) and 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth). This theme was chosen in part because of the role of the ILO (which is celebrating its centenary in 2019) in achieving these goals

Shaping Labour Regulation: Resetting the StandardsThis theme will focus on the protective function of labour law in relation to wage theft, exploitation of migrant labour and similar issues.
A formal call for papers will be made mid-year. Papers on labour law topics generally are welcome as are proposals for panels.

Regulating for Decent Work Conference, 8-10 July 2019

The 6th RDW Conference will be held in the International Labour Office, Geneva, from 8–10 July 2019.

The Conference will be co-hosted by the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Labour Studies / Hugo Sinzheimer Instituut (AIAS-HSI), the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law (CELRL), Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies (CISLS), the University of Durham’s Law School (DLS), the University of Duisburg-Essen’s Institut Arbeit und Qualifikation (IAQ), the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), the Korea Labour Institute (KLI), and the University of Manchester’s Work and Equalities Institute (WEI).

Researchers from all regions are welcome. In past years, the Conference has attracted researchers from a range of fields that include law, economics, industrial relations, development studies and geography.

Further details are available at the RDW website.

Labour Law Research Network Conference 4 Valparaíso, Chile, 23-25 June 2019

LLRN will hold its 4th Conference in Valparaíso, Chile from June 23-25, 2018. The first three such conferences РBarcelona 2013, Amsterdam 2015 and Toronto 2015 Рwere remarkably successful in drawing together scholars from around the world, and have established a tradition of the LLRN Conference as the largest and most important focal point for global labour law scholarship.

LLRN are now calling for papers particularly addressing the following themes: The Goals of Labour Law; Labour Law's Means; Labour Law's Impact; Labour Law's Methodology. Further information can be found here.

AIRAANZ Conference, RMIT University, Melbourne 12-14 February 2019

The Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) will hold its annual conference at RMIT University. For further details please see the AIRAANZ website.

The conference theme ‘Global work, Quality work?’ invites us to consider the dilemmas arising from growing disparities in the quality of jobs and from fragmentation of employment, especially in the context of the rapidly changing landscape of global capitalism, labour regulation, labour migration and labour movements.

Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association Conference, 18-20 October 2018

ALERA will hold its 2018 National Conference at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, 18-20 October 2018. For further information please see the ALERA website.

AIRAANZ 2017 Conference

The Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand is pleased to invite you to attend the 2017 Conference, to be held at the QT Hotel, Acton, Canberra, ACT, from Wednesday 8th February to Friday 10th February 2017.

The focus of the Conference is Reconsidering Gender and Industrial Relations. Key themes include the many facets of gender in the workplace, including gender, work and policy developments, gender and collectivism, pay equity, equal employment opportunity and diversity management, women in male-dominated areas, women working in the caring professions, work and family issues and issues affecting LGBTQI workers.

Labour Law Research Network Conference 3 Toronto

LLRN will hold its 3rd Conference in Toronto, Canada, from June 25-27, 2017. The first two such conferences – Barcelona 2013 and Amsterdam 2015 – were remarkably successful in drawing together scholars from around the world, and have established a tradition of the LLRN Conference as the largest and most important focal point for global labour law scholarship.

LLRN take the cartography of the law to be open, and therefore do not propose strict tracks or categories. They are confident that the conference will attract scholars and exciting scholarship on a wide range of issues and expect to structure the panels and presentations on a wide variety of topics related to the law of work broadly conceived. Nonetheless, LLRN encourages and particularly incites interventions that address the following themes which track their description and ambition for LLRN3: http://llrn3toronto.org/program/

New Zealand Labour Law Society's Fourth Biennale Conference

New Zealand Labour Law Society's Fourth Biennale Conference will be held on 24-25 November 2017 at the School of Law, University of Canterbury, Christchurch. Conference theme: Labour law in transition in a globalised market.

The conference will focus on labour law in transition in a globalised world. The conference theme is intended to encompass new developments and emerging areas in labour law.

The conference aims to attract a wide range of papers including several from overseas jurisdictions and covering a wide variety of topics including but not limited to:

  • De-regulation of the workplace and the implications of globalisation
  • Implications of the recent amendments to health and safety law
  • Workplace stress, bullying and harassment
  • Restructuring, redundancy and redeployment
  • The implications of emerging technologies and the gig economy
  • Equality, human rights and precarious work. Keynote Speaker Judy Fudge, Professor of Employment and Labour Law, Kent Law School, University of Kent, United Kingdom. The conference also intends to actively involve students and junior practitioners in order to expose them to a range of contemporary ideas that will be invaluable to their development as lawyers. A call for papers will be made early 2017.

ILERA World Congress 2015

ILERA will hold its 17th World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, from 7-11 September 2015. The theme of the Congress is, 'The Changnig World of Work: Implications for Labour and Employment Relations and Social Protection'.

The ILERA World Congress brings together global individuals from several areas within the labour and employee relations disciplines. Such attendees include professors, doctoral candidates, researchers, experts, leaders and practitioners. There should be in excess of 500 delegates.

Further information about the Congress is available on the website: http://www.ilera2015.com

ISLSSL World Congress 2015

The International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL) will hold its 21st World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, from 15–18 September 2015.

The 21st World Congress promises to provide a platform for stimulating discussion on labour and social security law in a global environment where prolonged economic and social uncertainty appears to have become the norm.

This raises hard questions: how can labour law and social security continue serving the ends of collective regulation, equality in the workplace and social justice in developed and developing countries under conditions of relative economic austerity? How must the traditional concepts and institutions evolve to take account of what may well be fundamental shifts?

Further information about the World Congress, including details about the Call for Papers and Registration, is available on the website: http://www.labourlawcongress2015.co.za.