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Slavery in Domestic Jurisdictions

Project Research Staff : Dr Marie Lynch
Collaborator: Dr Jean Allain
Room : G.020 Institute of Governance, 63 University Road
Tel 028 9097 3119
Email : marie.lynch@qub.ac.uk

Dr Jean Allain received a Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to carry out a project entitled “Slavery in Domestic Jurisdictions”, which will gather legislation and case-law related to human exploitation – be it slavery, servitude, forced labour or trafficking – from as many countries as possible over a year-long period.


With the assistance of Dr Marie Lynch as a Research Fellow Dr. Allain will, through site visits to leading libraries from every region of the world, gather domestic legislation and case-law from countries so as to build a database of the domestic law applicable to human exploitation.

To date, Dr. Allain’s considerations of the issue of human exploitation have been focused on applicable treaty and customary international law. With the assistance of a nine-month post-doc, Dr. Allain will be able to consider – in line with Article 38(1)(c) of the Statute of the International Court of Justice – those ‘general principles’ which emerge from an overarching comparative consideration of the law of human exploitation.  In its aggregate, the material should provide a more in-depth understanding of the principles of law which should hold when elevated to the international plane.  For the first time, the research brings together the accumulated wisdom of countries in their attempt to suppress, at the domestic level, various types of human exploitation while, in their aggregate, these findings will assist countries in understanding what constitutes one of the fundamental elements of trafficking.

The bulk of the research will take place during a period of research leave granted by the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, and is meant to be the final piece of research needed to complete a monograph entitled Slavery in International Law: Of Human Exploitation and Trafficking, to appear in 2012 with Martinus Nijhoff.

General Schedule

Dr Marie Lynch will be conducting research over a nine-months period starting ending in October 2011; it is expected that libraries in Africa, North and South America, Asia, continental Europe, and the United Kingdom will be consulted during the early months of 2011 and the database will be fully functional and populated by late summer 2011.