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International Social Security Law, Third edition

By Jean-Michel Servais


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Although a sophisticated body of international social security law is active and growing, a number of States still appear unable to honour it. This thorough, well-researched survey and analysis of existing international social security law – its sources, its content, its historical development – is thus especially valuable for its informed consideration of the barriers to the law’s full effectiveness.

Part of the renowned multi-volume Encyclopaedia of Laws, the book focuses on the analysis of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions and Recommendations on Social Security. It examines the most recent public debates on social protection (dealing with health insurance, unemployment benefits, pension age, minimum income, social security benefits in case of expatriation, parental leave, and much more), includes an updated bibliography, and opens some perspectives for the future work of the global institutions. It integrates the latest instruments, in particular ILO Recommendation No. 202 concerning national floors of social protection.

Even in the absence of ratification and therefore of legal force, international social security standards are invaluable benchmarks in comparative law. Indeed, ILO standards are both useful instruments of analysis and excellent yardsticks for identifying common denominators among national systems. For these reasons this book will be welcomed by legislators, government officials, employers’ organizations, trade unions, and the judiciary, as well as by human resources managers and academics.

Publish Date 12/15/2020
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789403527505
SKU 10058054-0002
Table of Contents

The Author

List of Abbreviations


General Introduction

Part I. The Origin and the Development of the International Social Security Law

Chapter 1. The Origin of the Social Security Law

Chapter 2. The Founding Principles of the ILO Social Security Law

Chapter 3. The ILO Standard-Setting Activities

Part II. The ILO Standards on Social Security

Chapter 1. Common Principles

Chapter 2. Employment Injury

Chapter 3. Medical Care

Chapter 4. Sickness Benefits

Chapter 5. Invalidity Benefits

Chapter 6. Survivors’ Benefits

Chapter 7. Old-Age Benefits

Chapter 8. Maternity Benefits

Chapter 9. Family Benefits

Chapter 10. Unemployment Benefits

Chapter 11. Minimum Income Security

Part III. The ILO Social Security Standards for Special Categories of Workers

Chapter 1. The Social Security of Migrant Workers

Chapter 2. Seafarers

Part IV. The ILO Social Security Standards and the Globalization Process

Chapter 1. Social Security and Precarious Workers

Chapter 2. Extending to the Poorest

Chapter 3. Social Security in Europe

Selected Bibliography