From Combatting Human Trafficking to Eradicating Modern Slavery: Assembling a Global Governance Regime

Seminar/Forum

From Combatting Human Trafficking to Eradicating Modern Slavery: Assembling a Global Governance Regime

Room 920, Level 9
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street

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Modern slavery is an umbrella term that focuses attention on commonalities across legal concepts such as forced labour, slavery, domestic servitude and human trafficking, brought together in the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children. In 2015, the United Nations announced that eradicating modern slavery is Target 8.7 of its Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, the International Labour Organization launched Alliance 8.7, which is a global strategic partnership of different stakeholders committed to ending modern slavery and in 2017 it partnered with Walk Free Foundation to launch a revised Global Slavery Index. In 2017, the UK and US governments also announced donations of $25 million dollars each to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, a private-public partnership whose goal is to ‘identify and promote business sector efforts to create market-based solutions to slavery’ in order ‘to sustainably end modern slavery by making it economically unprofitable’.

How did modern slavery come to be viewed as a problem of such epic proportions? How was a global governance network composed of powerful states, the UN General Assembly and its sister institutions, NGOs, human rights activists and organizations, religious groups, big business and philanthrocapitalists, a new group of wealthy business owners who manage their own charities, assembled? What is the effect of assembling a global governance network that embraces a multifaceted approach to extirpating modern slavery? The paper addresses these questions reflecting on what it means for how we understand the role of labour law and labour standards.

Light refreshments will be provided from 12.45pm.

Presenter

  • Professor Judy Fudge