Critical Perspectives on Modern Slavery: Prof. Scarpa Presents Her Research

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Silvia Scarpa at Hull, UK

Professor Silvia Scarpa (second from the right) at Hull, UK

On Wednesday 30 October 2019, JCU Professor Silvia Scarpa presented a paper on “The prohibition of slavery as a jus cogens rule of international law: definition and interpretation” at the Conference on “Critical Perspectives on Modern Slavery: Law, Policy and Society” organized by the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation of the University of Hull (United Kingdom).

The paper builds on Professor Scarpa’s study on “Contemporary Forms of Slavery” requested by the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI). The paper was presented in Panel 3 “Modern Slavery in Legal and Historical Contexts” chaired by Dr. Laura Lammasniemi of the University of Warwick. The Conference was organized by Dr Elizabeth Faulkner of the Wilberforce Institute and Dr. Laura Lammasniemi and it brought together a group of scholars doing multidisciplinary research in the field of contemporary slavery studies.

Silvia Scarpa teaches courses on contemporary slavery and human trafficking, human rights, international law, international organizations and international migration at John Cabot University. She is the author of the books Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2008) and An Introduction to International Human Rights Standards for Law Enforcement Authorities (UniversItalia, 2012).