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Janice Bellace


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London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Janice R. Bellace is the Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. Her primary appointment is in the Wharton School of Business in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics department, of which she is currently Chairperson; she has a secondary appointment in the Management department. She has held the Samuel Blank Chair in Legal Studies since 1996. She is the author of numerous academic books, chapters, articles and papers; her research interests are in the field of labor and employment law, particularly international labor law.



Bellace received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (in 1971 and 1974 respectively) and holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics, which she attended as a Thouron Scholar.

Academic career

Bellace returned to Penn in 1977 to begin her academic career. Since that time she has held multiple positions in the school. She became Vice Dean for the Undergraduate Division of Wharton in 1990 and Deputy Dean in 1994. In 1999, after stepping down as Deputy Dean she spent time in Singapore and became the founding president of the Singapore Management University. Following her sabbatical she returned to Penn and became the Associate Provost of the university in 2004 and Deputy Provost from 2006-2007.

Notable Leadership Roles

In addition to her work at Penn, Bellace is a member of the ILO Committee of Experts. She is on the board of trustees for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Methodist Hospital. She continues her relationship with Singapore Management University as a member of the board. She is the co-chair of the UAW Public Review Board. Additionally, Bellace currently serves as the President of the International Industrial Relations Association. Her term commenced in 2009 and will culminate when she presides over the 16th IIRA World Congress in Philadelphia in June 2012.


  • Labour Law at the Crossroads: Changing Employment Relationships. (Kluwer Law International, 1997). (with M.G. Rood)
  • Business and its legal environment (Prentice-Hall, 1983). (with Thomas Dunfee and Arnold Rosoff)
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