In September 2015, President Tiziano Treu proposed a new initiative, which the Executive Committee endorsed; namely, the establishment of seven international research (or study) groups as a means for promoting collaborative research focused on a specific topic. The idea was that these research groups would work over the period of two years, and would report at the next world congress. Professor Treu’s initiative was a great success. The reports of the research groups were presented at the plenary sessions of the XXII ISLSSL World Congress in Turin and engendered significant interest in engagement. In addition, many individuals presented papers connected to these seven themes throughout the Congress. This proved a more dynamic approach than the traditional approach of having topics selected, and rapporteurs appointed who would prepare national reports on the topic and then present a summary and analysis at the world congress. 


Today, with so much information available online, there is no longer a need for national reports. In contrast, the formation of international research groups provides the opportunity for many of our members to contribute to ongoing dialogue and debate on a given topic, and it permits the theme coordinators to draw on this to produce a report that identifies issues, trends and policy options. The web and new online platforms for group work will help us in organizing our work and in exchanging information and papers. 


Encouraged by the success of this research group approach, our President, Janice Bellace, has proposed that we follow it once again in the period leading to the XXIII ISLSSL World Congress in Lima in 2021. The seven international research (or study) groups for the  XXIII ISLSSL World Congress are as follows: 


  • Transformation of Work: Challenges to Labour Law

  • Global Trade and Work

  • New forms of social security

  • Migrant Workers

  • Non-Standard and Informal Workers

  • Equality at Work

  • The State and New Forms of Collective Voice


The proposals for lectures must refer to one of the topics addressed by the research groups. 


Authors must present a proposal that develops one of the themes of the World Congress. The abstract of the presentation will have a maximum length of 500 words. All proposals must be in English, Spanish or French and will be subject to a selection process.


Proposals will be received by email at , until March 31st, 2021. The document must be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae of the author or authors, as well as the contact information, country and organization to which belong, where applicable. Decisions will be communicated no later than April 30th, 2021.


Authors of accepted abstracts must register with Congress no later than April 30, 2021 to be entitled to submit their full papers.


1.     Any paper must correspond to a complete and original work not previously published, with up to 15 pages. Mere abstracts are not accepted. 


2.     Papers must be submitted by e-mail to until July 15th, 2021.


3.     Papers must be submitted according to the following formal rules or will otherwise be immediately rejected:

a.     Adobe Acrobat PDF format, font Arial, size 11 (9 for footer notes), single space.

b.     Text in English, Spanish or French languages.

c.     The first footnote must detail the academic or professional title of the author(s) and the organization they belong to, if applicable.

d.     The abstract is limited to ten lines and must be in the English language. Three keywords are mandatory.

e.     Citation rules: Author(s), Name of Book, edition (except in case of first editions), year published, page(s); or Author(s), “Name of Article”, Name of Collective Work or Magazine, volume or number (if applicable), year published and pages.

f.     A brief resumé of the author(s), not exceeding six lines for each, must be included at the end of the paper.

g.     The paper, including the resumé(s) mentioned above, may not exceed 15 pages.

4.     Papers submitted according to the formal rules set forth above shall be subject to review by the Congress Organizing Committee.


5.     The approval of submitted papers will be informed on or before August 15th, 2021. In the absence of any such information, the submitted paper will be deemed not approved for publication.


6.     Authors of accepted papers may or may not be invited by the Organization Committee to present them at the Congress.


7.     By submitting their paper, the authors declare, on their word of honor that the text submitted corresponds to an original work and has not been ever published before.

8. Papers can be prepared by two or more personas as co-authors. In these cases, authors must send the following statement with the abstract of their presentation. The fact that a paper has been written by more than one person will not imply that its authors will have more time to present their conclusions at the Congress, if applicable.