The Inaugural Annual CCARHT Thomas Clarkson Lecture

Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking, Contemporary Chattelage: What’s in a Name?

Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking, Contemporary Chattelage: What’s in a Name?

You are cordially alerted to the inaugural Thomas Clarkson lecture convened by the Cambridge Centre of Applied Research in Human Trafficking
at the Old Divinity School
St John’s College
University of Cambridge

on the 11th November 2019 17.00- 19.00

The Conversants

Ambassador C. de Baca served in the Administration of President Barack Obama as Ambassador at Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (2009-2014), and as the Director of the Office for Sex Offender Monitoring Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (2015-2017). Now retired from government service, he is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, and a Senior Fellow of Modern Slavery at Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Centre for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.

Speaks to ‘Modern Slavery’ and its legislative roots in the last one hundred and fifty years of US history.

Caroline Haughey QC is widely regarded as one of the leading legal experts in Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in the UK.  Caroline prosecuted the first case of modern slavery in the UK,  ( R-v- SK) Caroline was subsequently involved in advising the all parliamentary group on a proposed bill,  gave evidence before the parliamentary committee and was subsequently involved in the drafting of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  She has prosecuted a number of firsts under the new Act – the first prosecution in child sex exploitation,  first child labour exploitation,  first victimless prosecution,  and the first interim Slavery Trafficking Restriction Orders prosecution .  A recent Panorama programme followed her work on Operation Fort, which has been the largest labour exploitation and trafficking case in Europe to date.

Caroline will speak to the work of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and explore the significance of Human Trafficking in international criminal legislation & intervention.

Dr Simon Stockley is a Director of the Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking, (CCARHT), the Deputy Director of the Accelerate programme based in the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation and Senior Faculty lecturer in Management Practice at the Judge Business School.  Before coming to Cambridge, Simon was the Director of the award winning MBA at Imperial College and established the break-through work of HERA (Her Equal Rights and Autonomy) – which was one of the first bespoke programmes of entrepreneurial education targeting female survivors of trafficking for sexual exploitation to be provided in the UK.

Simon as the third conversant of the evening, raises a novel category in the discourse of Contemporary Chattelage recently mobilized by CCARHT as another useful lens to consider the pervasive exploitation which underpins our thinking and engagement with Modern Slavery, and Human Trafficking. 

The evening’s discussions will facilitate a deeper understanding of which terms do what work.  We look forward to a deeper analysis of the systemic challenges existing in globalization and the way neo-liberalism now does business, the harvesting of human misery by ‘traders’, ‘traffickers’ and opportunists, and the fragility of rights protection for a new generation of peoples ‘on the move’.  We look forward to fresh exposure to the dynamics of ‘how slavery works’, how one form of slave trade was dismantled two hundred years ago in the wake of the Applied Research and effective parliamentary lobbying of Thomas Clarkson and the Anti Slavery coalition of which he was a vital member.

In the light of the recent Thurrock tragedy, where 39 lives have been lost ‘in transportation’, the thinking of Thomas Clarkson, the fierce advocacy of his colleague Granville Sharpe, and our contemporary advocates for Justice, deeply committed to the rule of Law and the supreme duty to uphold respect for human rights and above all the right to life, will be both welcome and salient.

We explore with Caroline Haughey, one of the leading QC’s prosecuting labour exploitation in the UK and Europe today, the work underway in law courts and audit trails to resist human trafficking and forms of slave like practices, and we shall consider how commoditisation of people, comprehensively de-grades supply chains across sectors where ‘chattelage’ flourishes unprotected by constraining laws and ‘civilising’ respect-filled practices. We look forward to your engagement and presence. Please would you alert your colleagues, LISTS, and students to this powerful event where those working on the interface of justice and policy, will be reflecting on the meaning of words, and their impact in this arena.  This is a ticketed event as places are restricted. First come first served, so don’t miss out on what promises to be a powerful and enlightening evening of informed conversation from our three presenters.

This inaugural Thomas Clarkson lecture is convened by the Cambridge Centre of Applied Research in Human Trafficking
and will be held at the

Old Divinity School
Trinity Street
St John’s College
University of Cambridge
on the 11th November 2019 17.00- 19.00