Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Series - Modern slavery: The UK-Australian legal dialogue

This is a virtual seminar, being live streamed from the University of Western Australia

Modern Slavery: The UK-Australian legal dialogue

Australia's Modern Slavery Act 2018 draws on the text and experience of the UK's Modern Slavery Act 2015. However, the legal dialogue on slavery goes back at least to 2008, when UK academic research was influential in the High Court of Australia decision of R v Tang concerning the definition of slavery. This paper examines the ongoing dialogue between the UK and Australia on slavery, with a particular focus on identifying the key actors in the dialogue and the form and substance of their influence.

This is a virtual seminar, being live streamed from the University of Western Australia.

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About the speaker

Holly Cullen is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia, having been Professor of Law from 2010-2016. Previously, she was Reader in Law at Durham University and Deputy Director of the Durham European Law Institute from 1998-2006, also serving as Acting Director in 2003-2004. She is the author of The Role of International Law in the Elimination of Child Labor (Brill, 2007) and numerous articles on international human rights law, international organizations and theory of international law. She was a member of the International Law Association's research committee on Non-State Actors in International Law and of the Advisory Group for the Child Labor Research Initiative at the University of Iowa Human Rights Center. She is co-editor, with Joanna Harrington and Catherine Renshaw, of Experts, Networks and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2017), the conference proceedings of the 2014 Four Societies Conference. Her recent and current research focuses on responsibility of transnational business, and slavery in international law.