LAW4687 - Human trafficking, modern slavery and the law - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Jean Allain

Unit guides



  • Trimester 2 2018 (On-campus block of classes)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:

LAW1111; LAW1114; LAW1112; LAW1113; LAW2101; LAW2102; LAW2112; LAW2111

For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015:

LAW1100 OR LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104




This unit examines and evaluates the evolution of the international law response to the global problems of human trafficking and modern slavery. It examines the overlaps between these concepts as well as that of forced labour and servitude. The Unit engages and evaluates the various legal regimes both at the international level and within the Australian context. It considers and evaluates the human rights implications and tensions of these competing 'agendas', including those of criminal justice, gender, human rights, labour, migration, and race.


At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to the legal responses to human trafficking and modern slavery, and their human rights implications.
  2. Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking from different perspectives.
  3. Conduct independent research on issues related to modern slavery and human trafficking based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods.
  4. Use cognitive, technical, and creative skills to generate and evaluate, at an abstract level, complex ideas and concepts relevant to the problems of human trafficking and modern slavery.
  5. Demonstrate analytical and presentation skills, through leading and engaging in discussions and presentations.


Research assignment (3,000 words): 60%

Book/Report review (1,500 words): 30%

Video Presentation: 10%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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