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World-leading legal expert joins University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute

9 June 2017

The University of Hull is delighted to welcome the leading legal scholar on issues of human trafficking and modern slavery to the pioneering team of researchers that make up the Wilberforce Institute.

Professor Jean Allain, Professor of Public International Law at the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull

The University of Hull is delighted to welcome the leading legal scholar on issues of human trafficking and modern slavery to the pioneering team of researchers that make up the Wilberforce Institute.

Professor Jean Allain is the world’s leading expert on the law in relation to slavery and joins the Wilberforce Institute as Professor of Public International Law on a part-time basis. His legal expertise in relation to international, historical and modern day slavery will further strengthen the work of the Institute which conducts life-changing research into emancipation issues.

Professor John Oldfield, Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull, said:

Jean is a dynamic and internationally-recognised figure who has revolutionised contemporary slavery studies globally. His expertise will help bolster our work in tackling slavery which remains unfinished business in the UK and across the globe. In Britain alone there is an estimated 13,000 people trapped in modern day slavery today.
We are proud to welcome him to our team of experts.

Widely published across both sides of the Atlantic, Professor Allain is also a special adviser to Anti-Slavery International and has provided legal expertise in high-profile slavery court cases.

He said:

I am delighted to join the Wilberforce Institute and formalise the links I’ve enjoyed for over a decade with this vibrant community of like-minded scholars.
I am looking forward to expanding my research into issues relating to international law, anti-slavery and anti-trafficking and helping to further enhance the well-earned reputation of the Institute.

The Wilberforce Institute was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 for its transformational research into historical and contemporary slavery and it works on a wide range of projects with partners from around the world. Academics at the Institute took a major role in shaping the UK’s Modern Slavery Act, which was passed by Parliament in March 2015. As a result of the Act, all UK companies with a turnover of more than £36m, are required to report annually on the steps they have taken to ensure that modern slavery isn’t taking place within their supply chain.

The Wilberforce Institute also offers a ‘risk assessment service’, led by a trained social auditor to help businesses meet the requirements of the law. For further information please visit www.hull.ac.uk/wise

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