Forced Labour and Human Trafficking: the Criminalisation of Labour Exploitation

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law proudly presents a 2013 Law Week event, featuring:

Associate Professor Jennifer Burn, Director of Anti-Slavery Australia
Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney

Professor Susan Kneebone
Emeritus Associate
Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

17 May 2013
Held at Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne


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jennifer burn


Jennifer Burn is director of Anti-Slavery Australia, an associate professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney, lawyer and migration agent.

Now in its 10th year, Anti-Slavery Australia is the only university based law and research centre in Australia dedicated to advancing the rights of people who have experienced human trafficking and extreme forms of exploitation by providing access to legal advice and representation for trafficked and enslaved people. The law practice currently assists over 70 clients in a wide range of legal issues including representation for those in or facing forced marriage, migration matters including protection or humanitarian visa claims, representation of trafficked people seeking financial compensation, housing and centrelink issues. Anti-Slavery Australia networks has strong collaborative ties with many organisations engaged in anti-trafficking initiatives in Australia.

Current research priorities include the evaluation of Australia's response to trafficking and slavery, human rights protections of trafficked people, forced and servile marriage in Australia, the criminalisation of labour exploitation and effective remedies for trafficked people. Jennifer Burn is a member of the National Roundtable on People Trafficking, a frequent media commentator and a practicing lawyer and convenes a subject within the Law Faculty, The Law of Human Trafficking and Slavery. For more information about Anti-Slavery Australia visit the website at

susan kneebone

Susan Kneebone is a leading internationally renowned scholar on human trafficking, forced migration and refugee law. Professor Kneebone has taken a leading role in introducing research on refugee law and human trafficking issues into her faculty. She supervises a number of postgraduate students in these fields.

Since 2003 Professor Kneebone has been a member of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM). She is currently Communication Officer for IASFM.

Professor Kneebone has organized several conferences and workshops on these issues, made submissions to many public enquiries and frequently handles media enquiries. She is the author of many articles on these issues and author/editor of several books including Transnational Crime and Human Rights: Responses to Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Subregion (Routledge, 2012) (main author, with Julie Debeljak) and Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and the Rule of Law: Comparative Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

She is also Chief Investigator on current Australian Research Council-funded projects on human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region and intra-regional labour migration in South East Asia.