IBA Global Showcase

25 Oct - 29 Oct 2021


Session information

IBA Showcase: the IBA and modern slavery. New light through old windows


Presidential Task Force on Modern Slavery (Lead)
Anti-Corruption Committee
Business Crime Committee
Business Human Rights Committee
Corporate Counsel Forum
Criminal Law Section
Global Employment Institute (GEI)
Human Rights Law Committee
IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit
Immigration and Nationality Law Committee
Poverty and Social Development Committee
Pro Bono Committee


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According to the 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery published by Alliance 8.7, 40.3 million people were estimated to be victim of modern slavery in 2016. The rise of Modern Slavery is one of the most shameful issues of our life and times. As the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery stated: “Covid-19 has exposed pre-existing systemic gaps in social protection and justice systems, including with regard to identification and prosecution of contemporary forms of slavery, despite commitments made by States to meet target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals”. Modern Slavery is a threat to the rule of law in the world and a profound human tragedy, yet few jurisdictions have directly addressed it.

During this session, we will present the work of the IBA Taskforce on Modern Slavery and we will consider whether Modern Slavery in the supply chain of a company already breaches or could easily breach laws in other parts of a legal system. This important issue has not been analysed in such a holistic way before. Join this important Presidential Showcase session to discuss how the IBA and the wider legal profession can align national legal systems against the global crime of Modern Slavery and begin to eradicate it. 

All sessions are being recorded, unless otherwise stated.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Sara Carnegie International Bar Association, London, England; Member, IBA Diversity & Inclusion Council
Peter Talibart LL.M. Seyfarth Shaw, London, England; Vice Chair for Knowledge Management, Global Employment Institute (GEI)

Keynote Speakers

Sternford Moyo Scanlen & Holderness, Harare, Zimbabwe; IBA President


Jonathan Drimmer Paul Hastings, Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Webinar Officer, Business Human Rights Committee
Amy Lehr Mars, Mc Lean, Virginia, USA
J F Ouwehand Clifford Chance LLP, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Maria Pia Sacco Pillar Two Pty Ltd, Modena, Italy
Dame Sara Thornton UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, London, England