The Management Committee of the African Labour Law Society is pleased to announce that it is hosting its 4th Conference as a Hybrid event in Nairobi, Kenya on the 21 and 22 October 2021.

The main thrust of this conference is to establish a platform for delegates to engage on the challenges and complexities that have arisen in the world of work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic on the African Continent.
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The theme of the conference is: Resilience, Recovery & Justice under the ‘New Normal’
The COVID-19 pandemic provides the backdrop for the deliberations of this Conference. The pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on all aspects of social, economic or political life. More than a year after the onset of the pandemic, it is evident that what seemed to be a “temporary inconvenience” has ushered in a “new normal”. The crisis has had a significant impact on the world of work. As countries continue to have to take measures to prevent the spread of the disease, an immediate return to ‘business as usual’ is unlikely. Employers and workers have had to modify different aspects of their work in response to the crisis. It is worth considering the labour and social protection interventions - both short and long term- that African countries have introduced to respond to the crisis. It is also worth considering the legal gaps and make recommendations for reforms required to align the laws with the realities.

The 1st African Labour Law Society (ALLS) conference was held at Sun City, North West Province, South Africa, on the 7th September 2017. The Conference was held the day before the South African Society for Labour Law’s 20th Annual event. The operations were managed by the Secretariat of SASLAW.

The theme of the Conference was “African Perspectives on Labour Law: Theory and Practice”. The speaker line-up included eminent labour academics and practitioners from the continent. Prof Evance Kalula was the key note speaker and was instrumental in the formulation of the programme. Two Deans of Faculties of Law (Professor Avinash Govindjee and Professor George Mpedi) and the ILO Country Director of Southern Africa (Dr Joni Musabayana) also delivered thought provoking talks.


There were 176 delegates from 14 African countries at the Conference. The ALLS committee compiled a Comparative Matrix of different jurisdictions around the continent. Tungamirai Kujinga, a Doctoral student at the University of Pretoria compiled the report, presented it at the Conference and an updated version was handed out to the delegates.

The sponsors of the event were the International Labour Organisation, Webber Wentzel and Lex Africa.

The ALLS committee met on the 9th of September and draft Constitution was compiled. The membership of the Society now stands at 100 members from 13 different countries in the continent.

The committee are to decide whether to host the 2nd Conference before the SASLAW 21st Conference on the 6 September 2018, or as a stand-alone event in March 2019.

Professor Stefan van Eck
Chair: African Labour Law Society
14 September 2017

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