Symposium: The Antislavery in Domestic Legislation Database

18 May 2020
Research Innovation

Nesrien Hamid  | Progamme Officer - Delta 8.7

Earlier this year, Professor Jean Allain and Dr Katarina Schwarz launched the Antislavery in Domestic Legislation database—an extraordinary scholarly feat with manifold practical applications to advance the anti-slavery field. The database compiles national-level constitutional, criminal, and labour legislation regarding modern slavery and similar forms of exploitation of all 193 UN Member States.

Professor Allain and Dr Schwarz kickoff this Symposium with a reflection on the impetus behind the creation of the Database, the lacunae that analysis of the data reveals and how the Database can be of utility to policy actors and researchers. Delta 8.7 invited the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Dr Tomoya Obokata, as well as Ambassador Luis C.deBaca, Dr Laura Gauer Bermudez from GFEMS and Katharine Bryant from Walk Free to offer their thoughts on the importance of the Database and how it can support anti-slavery efforts.

All of the contributions to the symposium can be found below:

A New Legislative Database for Anti-Slavery Advocacy
Jean Allain, Monash University, and Katarina Schwarz, University of Nottingham
18 May 2020

Practical Applications of an Anti-Slavery Legislative Database
Laura Gauer Bermudez, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery
19 May 2020

Filling the Knowledge Gaps: The Antislavery Legislation Database
Tomoya Obokata, United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences
20 May 2020

The Devil is in the Details: A New Legislation Database for Anti-Slavery Advocacy
Katharine Bryant, Minderoo Foundation’s Walk Free Initiative
21 May 2020

The Antislavery Legislation Database: Community, History and Practice
Luis C.deBaca, Former US Ambassador-at-large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
22 May 2020

Delta 8.7 symposia offer experts the opportunity to discuss technical details of their research and receive commentary from the wider research and anti-slavery community. Researchers are then able to give a response to the previous commentaries received. We hope these symposia will spark further conversations and build the dialogue around research and data in the fight to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour.

Previous symposia can be found below:

Symposium: Measurement, Action, Freedom to Achieve SDG Target 8.7

Symposium: Tomorrow’s Slavery, Today

Symposium: Modelling Modern Slavery Risk


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