Focus on ILO principles and labour relations at world congress

World Congress of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law
World Congress of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law

The principles of the International Labour Organisation and whether they still contribute to workable labour relations will be discussed at the 21st World Congress of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law.

To be held in Cape Town from 15 to 18 September 2015, the congress will include a panel discussion on the topic, against the background of a case study of South Africa’s Labour Relations Act after 20 years.

The discussion will be chaired by Judge Dennis Davis, Judge of the Labour Appeal Court and President of the Competition Appeal Court.  The panellists are Prof Sir Bob Hepple, Emeritus Master of Clare College and Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Cambridge, Prof Manfred Weiss, Emeritus Professor at the JW Goethe University in Frankfurt, Prof Halton Cheadle, Professor of Public Law at the University of Cape Town and Ms Tanya Cohen, Director of the Retail Association.

Hepple was active as a student leader and in the SA Congress of Trade Unions in the 1960s, participated in the underground struggle against apartheid and acted as a lawyer for Mandela and other leaders.

His book, Young Man with a Red Tie – a memoir of Mandela and the failed revolution, was launched in 2013, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the raid on the homestead where anti-apartheid struggle leaders were arrested in 1963.  The ‘failed revolution’ refers to the fact that the raid on Liliesleaf and the Rivonia Trial did put the revolution on hold for a number of years.

Nigel Carman, Senior Partner of international business law firm Fasken Martineau says the firm is delighted to be involved in the world congress to be held in South Africa.

“Our international presence, experience and exposure have cultivated an understanding that the development of local Employment and Labour law is increasingly drawing on global trends to address local issues.  Consequently, a gathering of labour lawyers from throughout the world to discuss themes and practices in diverse regions is exciting and important.

“We are looking forward to the congress and our involvement therein, and to the opportunity to discuss how our lawyers have addressed issues in the labour markets where they practice and to share and understand the experiences of practitioners from other countries.”

Both Carman and his fellow partner at Fasken Martineau will present papers at the congress.

Integrated with the congress is the 18th annual conference of SASLAW, although they may register for the entire international event to interact with international labour scholars and practitioners.

The congress will be presented in English, French and Spanish and the project partners are SASLAW, the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law and The Conference Company.

Prof Darcy du Toit, Chair of the Local Organising Committee of the congress, says Cape Town is a popular congress destination.  “Not only does it offer world-class conference facilities and outstanding tourist experiences, but also real value for money.  We look forward to welcoming our international colleagues from all over the world.”

To register for the congress contact Erin Ryan on [email protected] or visit