Briefing Room


Professor Brudney Appointed to ILO Committee of Experts

August 5, 2010 | Faculty

Professor James J. Brudney was recently appointed to the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations for the International Labor Organization (ILO). Professor Brudney, the Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, will serve a three-year term on the committee and is eligible for reappointment for up to 15 years.

Created in 1926, the Committee of Experts is an integral part of the monitoring and assessment system on application of ILO Conventions to member states. It is composed of 20 distinguished jurists, academics, and lawyers, with no more than one representative from a given country.

The committee is responsible for examining government reports as well as submissions from employers and workers organizations; reviewing and assessing compliance by member states with the various Conventions; and (more recently) identifying examples of innovative “good practices” that might serve as models. The committee meets annually in late November to early December and then presents its lengthy report to the International Labour Conference.

Committee appointment is by the ILO Governing Body; Professor Brudney’s appointment was announced at the June meeting of that Body. The ILO staff in Geneva coordinates a search process that involves interviews with several candidates for each position. At the same time, the ILO’s tripartite structure means that appointees generally must have support from labor, management, and government in their home countries.

“I am grateful to the State Department, organized labor, and the business community for their interest in my appointment, and I feel honored to have been selected by the ILO. I look forward to contributing to the organization’s distinctive mission, and in particular to supporting its tireless commitment to international labor standards.”

Professor Brudney joined the Moritz College of Law in 1992. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for Gerhard A. Gesell of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. and subsequently for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was associated for four years with the firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser in Washington, where he represented individuals and unions in constitutional and statutory matters.

Professor Brudney also served for six years as chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Labor. He has been an adjunct professor at the Georgetown Law Center and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and (this fall) at Fordham Law School.

At Moritz, he teaches Employment Law, Labor Law, Legislation, Comparative Labor and Employment Law, and Comparative Legislation.

Professor Brudney was selected by the Moritz Class of 1996 as the Outstanding Law Professor of the Year. He was honored with a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award to do research and lecturing at Oxford University in 2000. In 2008, he received an Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from The Ohio State University.