University of Technology Sydney

76034 Law of Slavery and Human Trafficking

Requisite(s): ( 70616 Australian Constitutional Law OR (76110c Introduction to Public International Law AND 70110 Introduction to Law))
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Anti-requisite(s): 78222 Law of Slavery and Human Trafficking AND 78223 Law of Slavery and Human Trafficking


Slavery, servitude, forced labour, forced marriage and human trafficking are transnational crimes. An effective domestic and international criminal justice response is critical in the development of a framework to prevent trafficking and ensure prosecution of transnational crimes. In this subject students comprehensively evaluate international and domestic responses to slavery and human trafficking, within an international law and human rights framework. While the subject addresses international law, it does so with an appreciation of the practical application of the law.

Areas discussed with peers and experts include: the legal definitions; the international legal framework; the intersection between migrant worker exploitation, slavery and trafficking; the gender implications of slavery; trafficking and refugee law; and trafficking as a crime against humanity. The state responsibility at international law is reviewed to develop students' understanding of the obligations to protect and support, as well as to promote the application of effective remedies.

Students collaborate with peers to develop effective criminal justice responses. Selecting the most critical issues raised in recent Australian submissions and parliamentary reports, students research and propose approaches to dealing with key dimensions of slavery and trafficking: the link between such transnational crimes, economic opportunities, substandard working conditions and migration. Drawing on the body of international literature critical to the implementation of anti-trafficking measures, students produce outcomes to address: vulnerability to trafficking, demand and the supply chain, corruption, compliance standards, suggested monitoring mechanisms and the role of civil society. The subject concludes with students reflecting on the understanding they have developed of the principles of international law and their experiences of working with peers to solve current 'harms' in the Australian domestic context.

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