In 2015, a group of professionals met at the Paris Bar Association to lay the foundation for IELA*. After three years of work, in 2018 the Association Internationale des Avocats du Travail or the International Employment Lawyers Association -in English-, was registered in Paris, from which we adopted the acronym IELA.

IELA's goal is to provide a framework for exchanges among labor lawyers and jurists in the social domain, as well as academics and other judges from around the world. It is constituted as a link between individuals and administrations, acting as a liaison and a permanent place of reflection, while providing services, advice and training for its members.

Through this network, we help our members to increase their client portfolio and their promotion and prestige in an international environment. With offices in Europe and Latin America, IELA is at the forefront of labour mobility.

* IELA is currently registered with the Registry of Associations of the Prefecture of Paris under file number W751244568.

Presidency of

José Luis Roales Nieto


IELA is directed by an Executive Committee chaired by a renowned labor leader. The presidency is currently held by Mr. José Luis Roales Nieto, a labor lawyer in Spain since 1997 and in France since 2014, founder and former president of ASNALA (Spanish Association of Labor Lawyers) and Executive Director of Roales Nieto & Asociados.

Roales Nieto has more than 22 years of experience in labor and social security counseling for both workers and companies, which allows him to have a global vision of all labor and social security regulations, as well as a solid knowledge of posted workers and expatriation, and labor income taxation for SMEs and large corporations involved in international labor mobility.

The objectives that mark IELA's future include its global expansion, with a network present in the five continents, the multiplication of members and the development of the largest network supporting professionals in the legal world.

José Luis Roales Nieto