ILO Database: Use of International Law by Domestic Courts

Free online resource from the International Labour Organization:

Use of International Law by Domestic Courts

http://compendium.itcilo.org/

From the Web site’s description:

Use of International Law by Domestic Courts contains a compendium of court decisions in which domestic courts have relied on elements of international law to resolve the cases brought before them]. The compendium is composed mainly of cases falling within the province of labour law but also comprises decisions concerning basic human rights more generally. The decisions are presented in the form of summaries underlining how international law was used in each specific case. At the end of each summary, the full text of the decision is available in the original language.

Each decision is classified according to the following four sets of criteria:

country of origin of the decision

main subject on which international law was referred to

role of international law

type of international instruments used in the decision

Whenever the legal system of the countries included in the compendium stipulates how international law is to be incorporated into national law or the authority to be attributed to it, the decisions of the country in question are preceded by an insert citing the relevant provisions.

Decisions can be accessed through three indexes: by country, by subject and according to the role of international law.

And finally, the compendium is complemented by a library that contains: the texts of ILO Conventions and Recommendations, as well as the texts of other international instruments referred to in the compendium; the work and documents of the international supervisory bodies; and a selection of publications.

Chinese Labor Legislation in English

China Labor Watch, a New York based NGO, posts English language translations of Chinese labor and employment statutes and regulations, as well as the constitution and some local Shanghai regulations. These are unofficial versions.

Examples of statutes and rules available:

Trade Union Law

Labor Law

Law of Assemblies, Processions and Demonstrations

Regulations of the Compositionof Gross Wage

China Labor Watch

http://www.chinalaborwatch.org/index.htm

click on the “Labor Law” icon.

New journal: European Labour Law Journal

Intersentia Publishing will release the inaugural voluem of European Labour Law Journal later in 2009. No word on subscription price yet. The first issue will publish papers presented at the Future of Labour Law in Europe Conference in June, 2009.

European Labour Law Journal  http://www.intersentia.com/upload/aankondiging%20ELLJ.pdf

About the European Labour Law Journal

The European Labour Law Journal is set to increase and foster the debate on the future of labour law in Europe and to increase the knowledge of labour law.

It aims to better define the role of labour law in Europe and in light of a European Social Model which can provide solutions for the challenges facing the EU and its Member States, requiring a good combination of economic market performance and quality of life, good work and social justice.

In order to contribute to this, the Journal is set to study European labour law in its national, EU and international contexts. Current and future developments in Europe and the world necessitate a fundamental investigation of labour law in the EU and its Member States, and of the basic principles of labour law in Europe.

The Journal fills an existing gap in the academic community. Although there are many national and some internationally oriented labour law journals, none of them specifically addresses the EU as a central focus of attention, including developments of labour law in the EU at the level of the Member States.

Concept

The European Labour Law Journal aims to be a leading academic journal in the area of European labour law and social policy. European labour law is viewed in a wide sense. It includes labour law at the European Union level as well as labour law in the Member States. It also pays attention to developments of labour law at a more global level and its relevance for the EU and its Member States. These various levels are seen as intrinsically connected and mutually interdependent.

The scope of the Journal is confined with:

 

EU labour law and social policy taken in its internal and external dimension;

 

The interaction between EU labour law and Member States’ labour law, including relevant national developments of labour law;

 

Developments of labour law in doctrine and policy at a global level and their relevance for labour law in Europe;

 

Cross-disciplinary developments relating to social policy and industrial relations and their relevance for labour law in Europe.

Attention is paid to developments at the level of policy, legislation, case law as well as academic doctrine.