University of Technology Sydney

78222 Law of Slavery and Human Trafficking

Requisite(s): ((22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies) AND 70311 Torts) OR (70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law AND (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice)) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law)
The lower case 'c' after the subject code indicates that the subject is a corequisite. See definitions for details.
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 76034 Law of Slavery and Human Trafficking AND 78223 Law of Slavery and Human Trafficking


Slavery, servitude, forced labour, forced marriage and human trafficking (slavery and human trafficking) are transnational crimes. This subject comprehensively explains and evaluates international and domestic responses to slavery and human trafficking and 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. The subject draws students to a critical evaluation of the state's responsibility to protect and support, and develop effective criminal justice responses. Areas covered 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. State responsibility at international law is reviewed to develop a sound knowledge of the state's obligations to protect and support as well as to promote the application of effective remedies. 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. The dimension of slavery and trafficking – the link between such transnational crimes, economic opportunities, substandard working conditions and migration – is explored. Vulnerability to trafficking, the issues of demand and the supply chain, and corruption are addressed, as well as compliance standards, monitoring mechanisms and the role of civil society. The subject concludes with consideration of a body of international literature which is critical to the implementation of anti-trafficking measures.

At the end of the subject, students are expected to have a deep understanding of the principles of international law and their application within the Australian domestic context. Students also gain sophisticated insight and understanding of the application of international law through a comprehensive evaluation of selected areas of law.

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