Date(s) - October 21, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Right to Strike


Jeff Vogt

Jeff Vogt, Rule of Law Director, Solidarity Center

Jeff Vogt is the Rule of Law Director of the Solidarity Center, the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization, and co-founder of the International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW) Network, which brings together workers’ rights lawyers from around the globe.

Jeff will discuss the consequence of a conflict that erupted in 2012 at the International Labor Conference when the Employers’ Group denied the existence of an international right to strike protected by the ILO Constitution and Conventions. The position was contrary to the observations of the ILO supervisory system and the broad tripartite consensus on the principle on the right to strike. In response, the Workers’ Group attempted to refer the matter to the International Court of Justice for binding resolution. While the claim was never referred due to the Employers’ Group’s opposition, the preparatory work undertaken by the Workers’ Group left no doubt that the right to strike is in fact protected under international law.

From 2011 through 2016, Jeff was the Legal Director of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), a global organization that represents over 200 million workers in 162 countries and territories. Before joining the ITUC in 2011, he served as AFL-CIO deputy director of the international department.

Jeff has published extensively on international labor law and has testified before various governmental bodies around the world. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School, where he studied in international and comparative law. He studied international law at the University of Paris 1–Sorbonne.