LAW5424 - Human trafficking, modern slavery and the law - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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



Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jean Allain Personal ProfilePersonal Profile (

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

Unit guides



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



Please note that the prerequisite subject can be waived in consultation with the Chief Examiner. For example, the subject may be waived if the candidate has gained sufficient knowledge through prior learning or experience, or a clear willingness to do adequate reading in advance of this subject.


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 competing 'agendas'; including those of criminal justice, gender, human rights, labour, migration and race.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of recent developments in relation to the legal responses to human trafficking and modern slavery, and their human rights implications.
  2. Investigate different perspectives from which to analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking, including those of criminal justice, gender, human rights, labour, and migration"
  3. Conduct independent research on issues related to modern slavery and human trafficking based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods.
  4. Use 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 (4,500 words): 60%

Book/Report review (2,250 words): 30%

Class Participation/Seminar Leadership: 10%

Workload requirements

Students enrolled in this unit will be provided with 24 contact hours of seminars per semester whether intensive, semi-intensive, or semester-long offering. Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.