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Modern slavery and human trafficking in Australia

In this free Law Week webinar, Professor Felicity Gerry QC, of Deakin Law School presents the legal challenges in corporate reporting of slavery in supply chains and tackling human trafficking in organised crime.

Drawing on her vast experience of leading for the defence in the most serious and complex criminal trials and appeals, particularly those involving trafficked persons who commit crime, Felicity will provide her insight into combatting modern slavery and human trafficking in Australia. International law on combatting trafficking in persons and commitments to corporate responsibility require prevention of slavery and trafficking, prosecution of perpetrators and protection of victims, particularly women and girls. This lecture considers how law and policy responds to a range of issues including slavery in multinational food, garment and agricultural industry, sex trafficking, child soldiers and domestic servitude. It is wrongly thought that slavery ended on abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. Nothing could be further from the truth and Australia is a long way from respecting human rights and providing remedies in these contexts.

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Tue 19 May, 5PM

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About Professor Felicity Gerry QC:

Felicity is admitted in the ICC, the Kosovo Specialist Tribunal, Australia (Victoria and the High Court Roll) and England and Wales. She has also had ad hoc admission in Hong Kong and Gibraltar. She specialises in leading for the defence in the most serious and complex criminal trials and appeals, often with an international element. Most recently she appeared in three high profile terrorism trials in Victoria. She is well known for her role in correcting the law on complicity in a range of cases across the globe and has a quarter of a century experience in cases involving human trafficking and sexual offending.

A regular contributor to broadsheet and legal press, she has also appeared on a number of award-winning television documentaries. She was Legal Personality of the Year 2016 and has been recognised in the Legal 500 as a leading silk and as “Fearless and independent minded”.

She is a Professor of Legal Practice at Deakin University where she lectures in MLL419/ MLJ729 Contemporary International Legal Challenges on topics including Modern Slavery, Terrorism and Climate Change Law. Her research areas focus on the fields of women & law, technology & law and reforming justice systems. She is a contributor to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Law and Practice (2018 2nd Ed forthcoming) and Human Trafficking Emerging Legal Issues (20127). She developed module 14 of the UNODC Education For Justice Tertiary materials  on the links between human trafficking, smuggling of migrants and cybercrime and has provided training to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Modern Slavery Project.

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