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How do we ensure human rights are protected?

Labour exploitation, including child and slave labour, is a significant violation of human rights. In Australia, legislative, corporate and trade union initiatives, NGO and consumer campaigns, aim to protect human rights and promote higher labour standards.

Meanwhile, Australian companies are under pressure to ensure their supply chains are ethical. But are existing initiatives effective in guaranteeing human rights are protected?

the end of the day, who is really responsible for addressing human rights violations?

This event explores the state of play in Australian business supply chains with regard to breach of human rights though labour exploitation. Hosted by Anti-Slavery Australia, it aims to raise awareness within industry and the community of the issues and where urgent action is still needed.


Associate Professor Jennifer Burn is the Director of Anti-Slavery Australia, Australia's only specialist legal research and policy centre that focuses on the abolition of slavery, trafficking and extreme labour exploitation.


Professor Paul Redmond AM is Sir Gerard Brennan Professor of Law at UTS. He has written widely on corporate law, governance and responsibility and has extensive training experience strengthening the capacity of civil society in this region in human rights advocacy with business.


Carolyn Kitto is coordinator of the Australian coalition of Stop the Traffik, a global campaign to end human trafficking, led by a coalition of non-government, community and other organisations. She has been active in a number of successful campaigns to promote ethical supply chains.

Martijn Boersma works as a researcher at the Centre for Corporate Governance, UTS, and for Catalyst, a progressive policy institute and think tank, which works closely with trade unions, non-governmental organisations and academics.

Brynn O'Brien is a Quentin Bryce Law Doctoral Scholar at UTS and an international lawyer. She is currently undertaking research evaluating transnational soft law frameworks which seek to encourage human rights-consistent conduct throughout the value chain.

Nathan Robertson-Ball is a consultant at Banarra who believes in the power of business to effect meaningful change. He works collaboratively with the corporate sector towards improving outcomes for workers by helping organisations understand the impacts that their current procurement activities have on people, and realise the value to their business of respecting human rights.

Michael Rawling is a lecturer at UTS Faculty of Law and has published on research about regulating supply chains to protect workers. He is a chief investigator on the Discovery Grant Project examining legislative regulation of supply chains in the textile clothing and footwear (TCF), and transport industries.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Time: 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Venue: Moot Court, UTS Faculty of Law
Level 1, Block B
Building 5 Cnr Quay Street and Ultimo Road
Haymarket, Sydney

RSVP: essential by Friday August 1, 2014


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