Freedom of Association as a Core Labor Right and the ILO: Toward a Normative Framework

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Freedom of association operates as an organizational “meta-norm,” appreciated both as an independent value and as a touchstone for the institutional design of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Despite the renewed interest of the ILO in various aspects of the norm, its understanding of freedom of association lacks a comprehensive normative framework. This Article presents such a conceptual framework and a critical in-depth analysis of current ILO freedom of association jurisprudence. Freedom of association should be understood in terms of equitable dialogue (ED), a term offered and developed herein, an understanding that is already partly embedded in ILO jurisprudence.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages43
JournalLaw and Ethics of Human Rights
Issue number2
StatePublished - 13 Nov 2009


  • Worker's Freedom of Association
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Labor Law
  • International Labour Law
  • International Labor Standards
  • The right to organize
  • Union's right to regulatory autonomy
  • Unions
  • Deliberative Democracy
  • Committee on Freedom of Associaiton


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