ILO/EU/MBA Training for Judges, Prosecutors, Legal Advocates and Legal Educators: International Labour Standards on Child Labour and Forced Labour

This training is a follow up to the ILO CO-Beijing/ITCILO/MBA training course on International Labour Standards for judges, lawyers and legal educators that was held in August 2017 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Mongolian Bar Association (MBA) is organising this training under the framework of the EU Funded project “GSP+2 – Support GSP+ Beneficiary Countries to Effectively Implement ILS and Comply with Reporting Obligations – Mongolia” (MNG/16/50/EUR).

Mongolia continues its transition from a centrally planned economy to a market-oriented economy. Legislative reform is central in this process. On labour and employment matters, Mongolia’s efforts are guided by international labour standards. To date, Mongolia has ratified 20 ILO conventions (1 denounced), namely 8 fundamental conventions, 2 governance conventions (C144 and C122), and 10 technical conventions. The draft revised Labour Law is now with the Parliament. The Government of Mongolia has embarked on a process to align the country’s Law on Labour (1999) with international labour standards. The effort intends to modernize Mongolia’s labour law which was significantly influenced by Mongolia’s planned economy, and presents a governance system that recognizes labour market dynamics. Since 2012, the ILO has been assisting the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection and social partners to review and discuss proposed revisions and integration of fundamental principles and rights at work. By closing the gap between national laws and ratified ILO’s conventions, especially the Fundamental Conventions, Mongolia would be able to further integrate businesses into global supply chains, including maintaining its beneficiary status in the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP-Plus). Despite these ongoing efforts of national stakeholders, in particular the ILO constituents in Mongolia, there are a number of areas for further improvement and expedition of the process with regard to application of the Fundamental Conventions both in legislation and practice. National policy debates and discussions indicate inadequate understanding about fundamental principles and rights at work. Among others, the recent NHRCM’s study on labour rights in SMEs (2017) confirms that violations of fundamental principles and rights at work widely exist while some other studies and assessments highlight limitations and low capacity of the relevant public organizations in enforcing, monitoring and reporting on national labour legislation and ILS.

Objectives of the training

  • To strengthen participants’ knowledge and skills to use international labour law sources at national level;
  • To provide an in-depth knowledge of international labour standards on child and forced labour.


35 member lawyers of MBA - judges, prosecutors, legal advocates and legal educators

Mr. Alain Pelce, Senior Specialist, International Labour Standards and Labour Law and Ms. Bharati Pflug, Senior Specialist, Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, ILO DWT-Bangkok together with national speakers will cover the following key topics:
  • ILO and international labour standards system
  • International labour standards on child labour and forced labour including P29
  • Mongolia’s application of ILO conventions 29, 105, 138 and 182
  • Judicial use of international labour standards on child labour and forced labour
  • Alliance 8.7