ILO Convention No. 190 concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work and Recommendation No. 206

Eva Kocher


Violence and harassment are present in the world of work in the most diverse forms2. The ILO Violence and Harassment Convention 20193 should therefore be of great importance for labour law practice. It was adopted on 21 June 2019, together with the non-binding Recommendation for Implementation (No. 206)4, on the occasion of the centenary of the ILO.
As the Convention falls partly within the competence of the European Union, with the EU not being able to ratify the Convention itself5, the European Commission has invited the member states to ratify the Convention by the end of 20226. The German Federal Government is currently planning ratification.
In the following, I give an overview of the Convention and, using German law as an example, discuss how it could be implemented in a legal system shaped by EU law.


Labour law; violence; harassment; domestic violence; occupational health and safety; vulnerability; International Labour Organization

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Published : 2023-05-23

KocherE. (2023). ILO Convention No. 190 concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work and Recommendation No. 206. Z Problematyki Prawa Pracy I Polityki Socjalnej, 21(4), 1-17.

Eva Kocher 
European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany  Germany

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