Category Archives: Member News

New Officers in Argentina

New authorities of the Cordoba chapter of the Asociación Argentina de Derecho del Trabajo y de la Seguridad Social for the period 2013/2015

  • President: Mauricio César Arese
  • Vice President: José Luis Yacanto
  • Secretary General: Gustavo Daniel Toledo
  • Treasurer: Mario Aguirre

The Associazione Italiana di Diritto del lavoro e della Sicurezza Sociale – AIDLaSS 50th Anniversary

The Associazione Italiana di Diritto del lavoro e della Sicurezza Sociale, AIDLaSS ( was established in 1963.

This year the Annual Meeting of AIDLASS’s members (Giornate di Studio) will take place on May 16-17 in Bologna and it will be focused on the impact of the Economic Crisis on the fundamental theoretical basis of Labour Law.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the AIDLASS, the ISLSSL’s President Adrián Goldin has been invited to take part to the opening ceremony. The agreement of the highest ILSSL representative to attend the meeting has to be appreciated as an important acknowledgement of the contribution given by the AIDLaSS to the development of modern labour law.

Furthermore, an international round table has been scheduled for the second day of the meeting, when scholars from several European countries will debate about the core issue of the meeting from their national perspectives.

For further information about the Meeting please click here for the detailed program.

New Officers at the ILO

The following are the new authorities of the ILO Section of the ISLSSL: President Humberto VILLASMIL PRIETO E-mail:

Vice-President: Angelika MULLER E-mail:

Secretary-Treasurer:René ROBERT E-mail:

In November 2012, the ILO Section of the ISLSSL organised a meeting in Geneva with the participation of Prof. A. Goldin, President of the ISLSSL, Dr. G. Casale, Secretary-General, and Prof. S. Bellomo, Treasurer. During the meeting Prof. Goldin presented the new agenda of the Society to ILO colleagues and invited the young scholars to be active in the forthcoming events organised by the Society.

New Officers in Uruguay

New authorities of the Association of Labour Law and Social Security of Uruguay

Directorate Commission

Incumbents: Hugo Fernandez (President), Gustavo Gauthier (Vice President), Carolina Panizza (Secretary), Alejandro Castello, Leonardo Slinger, Hector and Alvaro Rodriguez Babace Azcue.

Substitutes: Hugo Barretto, Sandra Goldflus, Fernando Delgado, Giuzio

Graciela, Liliana Dono, Natalia and Laura Zuñiga Colutuzzo

Fiscal Commission

Incumbents: Mario Garmendia, Cristina Mangarelli, Rosina Rossi

Substitutes: Jorge Sere, Carlos and Rosario Russo Casalas

Electoral Commission

Incumbents: Daniel Rivas, Eduardo and Carolina Ameglio Feola

Substitutes: John Raso, Cristina Martinez and Beatriz Duran

News from the U.S.

New president of the U.S. Branch of the ISLSSL Prof. Steve Befort Chair ISLSSL, U.S. section E-Mail:

May 31-June 1, 2013, Los Angeles, California

An international multi-disciplinary conference on “How Global Workforce Diversity Migration Changes the Equation” will be Conducted under the sponsorship of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labour and Employment in partnership with ADAPT (the consortium of groups interested in new Approaches to Comparative and International work based studies at the Centre for International and Comparative Studies at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia).

Abstracts for Proposed papers should be submitted by January 15, 2013 to:

Inquiries can be sent to:

New President in Spain

Following the nomination of the former President of the Spanish Association of Labour Law and Social Security, Prof. Fernando Valdés Dal-Ré, to the Spanish Constitutional Court, the new President a.i. of the Spanish Association is: President a.i. Prof. Jesús Cruz VILLALÓN E-mail:

News from South Africa

Membership of the SA Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) increased by 206 members (19%) this year and currently stands at an all-time high of 1240. The increase in membership is attributable in the main to members gained as a consequence of our pro bono project, described below.

Main activities undertaken by the Society during the year

(i) Pro bono project

The Society now has pro bono advisory offices up and running at all four Labour Courts around South Africa. In total, 247 members logged 3,274 hours while assisting 4,125 clients during the year.

More than 40 of our senior members acted as judges of the Labour Court in Johannesburg on a pro bono basis for a week during the recess in December / January 2011/12 and July 2012 to assist the court in addressing the backlog of cases.

(ii) Chapter seminars

SASLAW has four provincial chapters based in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. A total of 36 chapter seminars were conducted during the year, attracting a total of 2,009 delegates (an average of 55 per seminar).

(iii) Public comments and nominations

Important amendments to three of South Africa’s main labour statutes have been debated since 2010 and are expected to be enacted in 2013. The Society submitted detailed public comments on the Labour Relations Amendment Bill and Basic Conditions of Amendment Bill in June 2012.

This led to the Society being invited to make a presentation on its comments to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Labour.

(iv) SASLAW Annual Conference

SASLAW’s annual conference was held on 18 and 19 October 2012 in Johannesburg. The star attraction was a debate between Advocate Martin Brassey SC and Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of COSATU (the largest trade union federation in South Africa) about contemporary labour issues which were chaired by Judge Dennis Davis of the Cape High Court. A record 403 people attended the conference. SASLAW is most grateful to the delegates, speakers and sponsors for making the conference an enormous success.

(v) The 2015 ISLSSL World Congress

Following the Society being awarded the right to host the XXI ISLSSL World Congress in Cape Town in 2015, a local organising committee (LOC) was appointed under the chairmanship of Judge Andre van Niekerk of the Labour Court. Planning for the congress is well advanced. In September 2012, Prof Darcy du Toit and Prof Marylyn Christianson (both members of the LOC) attended the 2012 ISLSSL World Congress held in Santiago, Chile, with a view to gaining insight and experience in preparation for the 2015 World Congress.

New Zealand Conferences

The New Zealand Labour Law Society held its inaugural conference in December 2011 in Wellington. A selection of conference papers was recently published in a special labour law issue of the New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations (NZJER, 2012, 37(1)]. A second conference will be held in Auckland in November 2013.

Malaysian Chapter of ISLSSL

The Malaysian Chapter of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law was officially registered on 25th October, 2011.

They held the inaugural AGM on 30th March 2012. The offices elected are: Dato Dr. Cyrus Das – President, Dato Roy Rajasingham – Deputy President, Ms. Carolyn Danker – Treasurer, Ms. Catherine Eu – General Secretary were elected among members present at the meeting.

A one day conference on the theme “Challenges in Employment Law: Proposals for Reform” was held on 2nd July 2012 organised by the Malaysian Chapter and the CLJ, a publishing house. About 200 participants attended the conference.

New Officers in Italy

New authorities of the Italian Association of Labour Law and Social Security (AIDLASS) include:

President: Prof. Giuseppe SANTORO PASSERELLI E-mail:

Secretary Prof. Maurizio RICCI


Other members are:

Prof.  Emilio  Balletti  (Seconda  Università  di  Napoli),  Prof.  Francesco Baseghi (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia),   Prof. Alessandro Bellavista (Università di Palermo), Prof. Riccardo Del Punta (Università di Firenze), Prof. Madia D’Onghia (Università di Foggia), Prof. Domenico Garofalo (Università di Bari), Prof. Sandro Mainardi (Università di Bologna), Prof. Angelo Pandolfo (Università di Roma Sapienza), Prof. Rosario Santucci (Università del Sannio di Benevento).

The Italian Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. A national conference will be held in Bologna on 16-17 May 2013 on the theme: “The economic crisis and the fundamentals of labour law”.

There will be the participation of Italian professors as well as European ones such as Miguel Rodriguez Pinero, Antoine Jeammaud, Alan Neal and Maximilian Fuchs.  More information is available at