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About Jean Allain

Jean Allain holds the Chair in Public International Law at Queen’s University, Belfast and is an Extraordinary Professor, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. His most recent book is The Law and Slavery. In February 2016, he gave evidence at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the legal content of slavery, servitude and forced labour.

Articles by Jean Allain

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Countries quietly solidify their right to use forced labour

Recent international legal developments that appear to strengthen efforts to combat forced labour – such as the ILO’s 2014 Forced Labour Protocol – actually solidify governments’ right to exploit.

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