19th May 2022


54 Doughty Street
020 7404 1313

Anti-trafficking Symposium 2022

Thursday 19th May 2022 | 09:30 - 18:00

About this event

DSC Anti-trafficking Team brings you an all-day high level symposium- is the law protecting Victims of Trafficking?

We are delighted to invite you to join a group of external experts and members of our expert Anti-Trafficking Team to discuss criminal and civil law relating to victims of trafficking. We will cover trafficking and terrorism and national security, criminal appeals against conviction, as well as corporate accountability and prosecution of trafficking for forced labour, international human rights and the Nationality and Borders Act.


09:30 | Registration and breakfast

10:00 | Welcome and Opening Remarks
             - Michelle Knorr, Doughty Street Chambers

10:10 | Understanding the complementary safeguards of the slave trade, as an
              international crime or human rights violation

             - Patricia Viseur Sellers, Special Advisor for Gender for the Office of the
               Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

10:35 | Panel 1 - Corporate responsibility for trafficking

The panel will discuss how criminal and civil law is creating a corporate responsibility for trafficking in the UK and abroad.

  • The strengthening of UK and EU law to eradicate human rights violations, including trafficking, in global supply chains - Krishnendu Mukherjee, Doughty Street Chambers
  • The inadequacy of s.54 Modern Slavery Act; and how existing criminal law can be called upon in extreme cases - Peter Carter QC, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Does the exploitation of Uyghurs show that the UK needs a ‘no harm law’? - Chloe Cranston, Anti Slavery International

    Chair: Kirsty Brimelow QC, Doughty Street Chambers

11:35 | Refreshments

11:50 | Panel 2 - Exploited by criminals: when trafficking victims are defendants

Victims of trafficking may have been forced into criminality by their traffickers. The panel will discuss how trafficking law may assist victims who are accused of crimes connected to their exploitation. In particular, the discussion will cover:

  • The role of abuse of process arguments post-R v AAD & others and VCL v United Kingdom, including the role of Article 4 ECHR and JR challenges to decision to prosecute - Maya Sikand QC, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Proving victim status before the criminal courts: expert evidence, the relevance of Single Competent Authority decisions post-Brecani, and forced criminality indicators - Philippa Southwell, Southwell & Partners
  • A legal black hole: what protections apply to victims trafficked for terrorism? - Anthony Vaughan, Doughty Street Chambers

    Chair: Benjamin Newton, Doughty Street Chambers

12:50 | Lunch

13:50 | Panel 3 - Public law challenges in trafficking cases: mitigating disaster in the Nationality and Borders (‘NAB’) Act

The panel will discuss public law and Article 4 ECHR challenges for victims of trafficking, with a particular focus on NAB changes.

  • Disqualification of victims from protection on grounds of public order and bad faith and the relationship with new immigration offences - Laura Dubinsky QC, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Penalties for late disclosure/compliance with trafficking and slavery notices; support cuts and exclusion - Silvia Nicolaou Garcia, Senior Associate Solicitor, Simpson Millar
  • Detention, removal and leave to remain: changes that will be wrought by NAB - Catherine Meredith, Doughty Street Chambers

    Chair: Martin Westgate QC, Doughty Street Chambers

15:00 | Refreshments

15:30 | ‘In conversation with’

A conversation about making victim protection a reality – in the work of UN bodies, NGOs, and practitioners

              - Professor Siobhan Mullaly, Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons,
                especially in women and children 
              - Alison Pickup, Director, Asylum Aid, and Associate Tenant, Doughty Street

16:15 | Close

16:15 - 18:00 | Drinks and canapes


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