According to the most recent Global Estimates of Modern Slavery, published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an estimated 40.3 million people were victims of modern slavery in 2016.
The Modern Slavery Law Clinic, established in 2019, provides students with a unique opportunity to work on advocacy and policy projects addressing various forms of modern slavery. The focus of the clinic is in the main on Asian States and ASEAN in particular. Students will work in small groups under the close supervision of Dr Gina Bekker (the Clinical Supervisor), as they provide legal support to key partner organisations such as the Global Pro Bono Bar Association, Liberty Shared and the International Justice Mission. Weekly meetings and seminars, covering topics including the importance of self-care for social justice lawyers, advocating for change and public interest litigation will run alongside client projects, so as to equip students with key skills relevant for law-related work in the social justice field.
Click here to listen to former students speak on the topic of modern slavery and their work in the clinic.
Whilst not a pre-requisite, students are strongly encouraged to enrol in LAW4687 – Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery and the Law, as this will provide them with the subject-matter expertise foundational to providing assistance to others in dealing with legal issues of modern slavery. LAW4687 is taught by Professor Jean Allain, a world leading legal scholar on issues of human trafficking and modern slavery.
For further information on the Modern Slavery Law Clinic please see here.