From ILO Standards to EU Law

The Case of Equality between Men and Women at Work

This book portrays the achievements and progress of equality at work between men and women. The relevant UN Conventions, the ILO Philadelphia Declaration of 1944 and the numerous ILO Conventions and Recommendations on the development of equality are recalled. The European Union has applied and developed the universal ILO standards, empowering rights of equality with effective remedies through EU legislation and enforcement by its Court of Justice. The issues covered include equal remuneration and treatment, positive or affirmative action, dignity of the worker, maternity protection, part-time work and indirect discrimination, workers with family responsibilities and child care. New perspectives, policies and trends are discussed in a conclusion.
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Biographical Note

Eve C. Landau, LL.B. (London) Docteur en Droit (Paris), Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law, Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. Professor of Law at Webster University Geneva, formerly also at the Universities of Luxembourg, Geneva, Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. Former external collaborator of the ILO. She has written many books and articles on International and European legal topics. Author of The Rights of Working Women in the European Community, published by the Commission of the European Communities in the European Perspectives Series.

Yves Beigbeder, Doctor in Law (Grenoble), a former WHO official and lecturer at European and North American universities, and for UNITAR (Geneva), is now Legal Counsel for international civil servants. He has written many books and articles on international organizations, the international civil service and international criminal tribunals.

Table of contents

Foreword by Professor Lucius Caflisch; Preface; List of Abbreviations; Part I: The Role of Global Organizations: Chapter 1: The United Nations; Chapter 2: The ILO; Part II: The Role of European Organizations: Chapter 3: The Council of Europe; Chapter 4: The European Union; Chapter 5: The ILO and the EU—the Interface; Part III: Selected Issues: Chapter 6: Equal Pay; Chapter 7: Equal Treatment; Chapter 8: Protective Measures for Women; Chapter 9: The Protection of Pregnancy and Maternity and Parental Leave; Chapter 10: Workers with Family Responsibilities and Child Care; Chapter 11: Part-Time Work and Indirect Discrimination; Chapter 12: The Burden of Proof and Indirect Discrimination; Chapter 13: The Dignity of The Worker: Sexual Harassment; Chapter 14: Positive or Affirmative Action; Part IV: New Challenges and The Decent Work Agenda: Chapter 15: Challenges, Achievements and Trends; Annexes; Select ILO Conventions – Excerpts; Select EU Laws – Excerpts ; Alphabetical List of Cited Cases of the European Court of Justice; Select Bibliography; Index.


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