Janelle Diller

Janelle M. Diller is Paul Martin Sr. Professor of International Affairs and Law at University of Windsor, on leave from her post as Senior Counsellor to the Deputy Director-General for Policy of the International Labour Organization (ILO).  She has practiced international law for 25 years in public and private sectors.  She served as legal adviser of the ILO, a United Nations specialized agency in Geneva, and as legal director of the non-governmental International Human Rights Law Group in Washington D.C. 

Professor Diller has provided advice on international law matters to governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental bodies and to the Secretariat of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization.   She has guided the drafting and negotiation of international labour instruments and inter-institutional agreements, and contributed to development of the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. Professor Diller recently developed a multi-stakeholder arrangement for compensation of several thousand victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, and led the ILO role as chair and expert overseer.  Previously, she represented human rights victims before international bodies and tribunals, and served as amicus curiae before the US Supreme Court and lower Federal courts. She prepared the complaint against forced labour in Myanmar which was submitted to the ILO and led to an international Commission of Inquiry, sanctions, and reform of national law and practice.

She is author of “Securing Dignity and Freedom through Human Rights” (Brill/Nijhoff). Her publications in journals, books, and monographs focus on international human rights and labour law, international organizations law, and the role of economic actors in international law. She has taught at Georgetown University, the University of Virginia and other US law schools as well as the University of Bern.  She is a member of the bars of the State of California (US) and the District of Colombia (US).

See also Professor Diller's SSRN webpage.

Professional Qualifications

1993, Qualified as Attorney and Counselor of the U.S. Supreme Court

1986, Qualified as Attorney and Counselor of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

1985, Admitted to the Bar of the District of Colombia

1984, Admitted to the Bar of the State of California


Professional Activities