Co-Chair
Els de Wind

Co-Chair
Gunther Mävers

IBA Global Employment Institute

The International Bar Association Global Employment Institute (IBA GEI) was formed in early 2010 for the purpose of developing a global and strategic approach to the main legal issues in the human resources and human capital fields for multinationals and worldwide institutions.

About the Institute

The International Bar Association Global Employment Institute (IBA GEI) was formed in early 2010 for the purpose of developing a global and strategic approach to the main legal issues in the human resources and human capital fields for multinationals and worldwide institutions.

The IBA GEI works with the Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee, the Discrimination and Equality Law Committee and the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee to form the Human Resources Section.

Drawing on the wealth and resource of the IBA membership, the IBA GEI's skilled, dedicated and experienced members provide a unique employment, discrimination and immigration law contribution to private and public organisations throughout the world on a diverse range of global issues. This is designed to enhance the management, performance and productivity of those organisations and to achieve best practice in their human capital and management functions in a strategic perspective.

IBA GEI’s activities include:

  • Reports on global and strategic HR legal issues;

  • Reports on the impact of market and business trends on international HR legal practice;

  • Research and analysis on key issues affecting management and human capital functions within multinationals;

  • Strategic commentary and opinions on discrete areas of employment, discrimination and immigration practice and their relevance to current business trends;

  • Providing commentary to proposed new or reformed government legislation on major HR legal issues;

  • Commentary and analysis on strategic management and HR legal issues affecting certain globalised industries and market sectors;

  • Training and education of HR professionals and managers on strategic and global HR issues; 

  • Together with the IBA’s Employment and Industrial Relations Law, Discrimination Law, and Immmigration and Nationality Law Committees, organising conference sessions on global and strategic employment and HR legal issues of topical interest. 

The IBA Global Employment Institute is becoming the leading voice and authority on global HR issues by virtue of having a number of the world's leading labour and employment practitioners in its ranks, and the support and resource of the world's largest association of international lawyers.

Join the IBA Global Employment Institute! If you are not yet a member of the IBA Global Employment Institute, we encourage you to join and benefit from all the IBA GEI has to offer.

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Projects and Reports

Eighth Annual Global Report

The Eighth Annual Global Report from the IBA Global Employment Institute names corruption and whistleblowing, flexible working, stress and mental health, discrimination, diversity, technology and artificial intelligence, and gender pay inequalities as some of the most pressing issues having a significant impact on human resources (HR) law. Based on research collected from lawyers in 50 countries, the report delves into the most pertinent labour and HR issues faced by global multinational companies during 2018 and the beginning of 2019.

The On-Demand Economy

A new report from the International Bar Association Global Employment Institute urges policymakers to create bespoke legislation for the de facto ‘third category’ of workers engaged in the on-demand economy (ODE) to provide them with greater protection and to boost innovation. Many ODE workers face a lack of legal protection or insecurity about their rights and obligations, which may lead to exploitation of workers by ODE companies, the report states.

IBA Report on the Future of Work

In 2017, the International Labour Organization (ILO), a UN body aimed at advancing social justice and promoting decent work, opened up a crucial debate about the future of work. The debate developed worldwide until June 2020.

The Legal Practice Division (LPD) of the International Bar Association (IBA) agreed that this important topic, with its multiple legal dimensions and implications, provided a pertinent opportunity to collaborate with the ILO. The IBA is pleased to announce the launch of the IBA Report on the Future of Work (Special Considerations to Law and Disruptive Technologies) as a result of this mutual collaboration. The report forms an important contribution to the ILO debate about the future of work.

Key to the ILO debate is that it involves not only employment and immigration legal perspectives, but also concerns important work regulation topics from other legal fields. These include the legal impact of new technologies in the workplace; health and safety; intellectual property; and data protection. The IBA’s report therefore features contributions by a number of IBA member Committees, covering a diverse range of legal areas. These contributions are followed in the report by key conclusions and findings.

The Seventh Annual Global Report

In its seventh Annual Global Report, the IBA GEI highlights general international trends in HR law. The information is compiled from the surveyed responses of lawyers in 46 countries, who were asked to consider the most relevant issues relating to employment, industrial relations, discrimination and immigration law during 2017 and the start of 2018, and to explain concisely their significance. The report builds on the historical perspective of previous editions of the publication.

International Labour Standards Report - December 2018

The International Bar Association Global Employment Institute (IBA GEI) and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) have pooled their expertise to provide companies with further guidance and clarity on an area of increasing importance to business: International Labour Standards (ILS). The ILS are legal instruments, set by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and agreed by ILO tripartite constituents, which protect basic worker rights, taking into account, inter alia, the need for sustainable enterprises to create jobs. They are either conventions, which are legally binding international treaties upon ratification, or recommendations, which serve as non-binding guidelines.

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