About the African Labour Law Society

During the World Labour Law Congress of the International Society for Labour and Security Law in September 2015 concerns were expressed as to the absence of a wider African voice.  This prompted the arrangement of the inaugural South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) Regional Labour Law Workshop hosted in Johannesburg on 21 July 2016.

With the backing of the ILO and the law firms ENSafrica and Bowman Gilfillan, 45 attendees from 11 African countries attended the workshop.  During the event, work began on the compilation of a comparative matrix. It is  hoped that this document can be developed into a more comprehensive publication which could ultimately serve the interests of labour law and human resources management practitioners, academics and students in the continent.

It was the first time that such a workshop, which offered combined wisdom of practical national labour law experiences from practitioners and academics alike, was held on African soil. Experts brought new insights to the workshop under the following themes: employment of foreigners; labour broking; termination of employment; minimum conditions of employment; employment contracts; confidentiality of employer information; restraint of trade agreements; protection of employee’s personal information; notice periods; transfer of businesses; unfair discrimination; and trade union rights.

Subsequent to the workshop, the African Labour Law Society (ALLS) was established. This body is affiliated to the ISLSSL which is situated in Geneva and that is supported by the ILO. The ALLS resolved that the idea of a wider voice of African Labour scholars should be taken forward. The goal was set to arrange the first ALLC congress in South Africa on 7September 2017 and that this would be followed by bi-annual congresses in other African countries.  

Appreciation must be expressed to the representatives of the following countries who prepared contributions for their respective countries:


Burkina Faso Emmanuel  Yonlie
Kenya                                   Dr Ken Nyaundi
Lesotho Malebona Khabo
Mauritius Professor Prakash Torul
Namibia Ruben Philander
Nigeria Kehinde Aina
South Africa Professor PAK Le Roux
Swaziland Maduduza Zwane
Uganda Donald Nyakairu
Zimbabwe Dr Pamhidzai Bamu

  Special thanks is also extended to Clare Fincham from SASLAW for her efforts in arranging the workshop and for future administrative assistance to ALLS and to Tungamirai Kujinga (from the University of Pretoria) for his coordinating role with the compilation of the matrix.

This document can be found on this link:


Stefan van Eck
President of the African Labour Law Society
Vice President, Africa Region of the ISLSSL


Thank you to the following organisations for their support