UNU-CPR hosted the launch of the Antislavery Legislation Database, a resource compiled by Professor Jean Allain and Dr Katarina Schwarz to improve global access to anti-slavery legislation worldwide. The comprehensive, interactive online database maps all UN Member States’ domestic legislation against international anti-slavery commitments, covering slavery, the slave trade, servitude, forced labour, institutions and practices similar to slavery, and human trafficking. It provides an important new resource for policy actors, researchers and advocates. It further serves as a touchstone to monitor States’ commitment to taking ‘immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking’ by 2030, as captured in UN Sustainable Development Goal 8.7.
Speakers included Professor Jean Allain, Associate Dean, Monash University; Dr Katarina Schwarz, Associate Director (Law and Policy Programme), the Rights Lab and Assistant Professor of Antislavery Law and Policy, University of Nottingham; Ambassador (ret.) Luis C. deBaca, Senior Fellow, Yale MacMillan Center, and former US Ambassador-at-large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; Dr Laura Gauer Bermudez, Director of Evidence and Learning, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery; and Dr James Cockayne, Director, United Nations University Centre for Policy Research.
The event can be viewed here on UN WebTV.