International Labour and Employment Relations Association

The International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) was established in 1967 and its general purpose is to promote the study of labour and employment relations throughout the world in the relevant academic disciplines, by such means as:

  • encouraging the establishment and development of national associations of labour and employment relations specialists;
  • facilitating the spread of information about significant developments in research and education in the field of labour and employment relations;
  • organising worldwide and regional congresses; and
  • promoting internationally planned research, by organising study groups on particular topics.

The aim of the ILERA is of a purely scientific character, without regard to political, philosophic or religious considerations. The Association does not endorse opinions on policy questions.

Today the Association has over 900 members worldwide including prominent industrial relations scholars and practitioners and 38 national associations and 1 regional association who together form the ILERA Council.

An ILERA World Congress is convened every 3 years, where professionals interested in all aspects of labour and employment relations meet to share ideas about new developments, ideas and practices in the field.

ILERA also organizes, through its national affiliates, regional congresses.

ILERA Publications

Organizing matters: Two logics of trade union representation

Trade Unions and Migrant Workers: New Contexts and Challenges in Europe – 2017

Study Groups

How to join

Industrial relations directors, officers or practitioners as well as social dialogue specialists, labour administrators, employment relations specialists, human resource consultants, members and representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations, government officials, labour lawyers, students, academics and all others dealing with employee relations would greatly benefit from becoming a member of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association and from participating in our congresses.

Types of membership

There are three categories of members of ILERA namely, full member (or national member), institutional associate member, individual associate member.


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