Introduction to International Labour Standards

Introduction to International Labour Standards
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Introduction to International Labour Standards

The course is available in English, Français, Español

Self-guided course on  international labour standards (ILS) targeting a non-specialist audience.

Key features

Set aside around two hours to follow the course.


Learn with examples, case studies, videos, quizzes and points of interest.


Access the list of resources at the end to know more about ILS.


Create and download your participation certificate upon completion.

Introduction to the course

It provides a brief presentation of the comprehensive system of international labour standards (ILS) established and developed by the International Labour Organization since 1919.

Who attends this course?
  • ILO’s tripartite constituents.
  • UN staff.
  • The broader public.
What will I learn?
  • What ILS are, the reasons for their development, their characteristics and relevance, and how they are used.
  • How ILS are adopted, promoted and supervised.
  • What subjects they covered and their content.
What will I be able to do?

Describe ILS as important instruments that respond to the changing patterns of the world of work, for the protection of workers and taking into account the needs of sustainable enterprises. 

How is the course organized?
  • Knowledge assessment at the start and at the end of the course. 
  • Three substantive sections, with the last one which is optional.
  • Interactive and engaging approach.
Why should I join?

To gain a basic knowledge of the ILO normative cycle in the fields covered by its mandate.

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