Human Trafficking Research Network Report
In February 2021, members of the Human Trafficking Research Network (part of the Human Rights Centre) submitted a report to the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children. The report was compiled in response to a call for input for the report (to the UN Human Rights Council) on the implementation of the non-punishment principle. The report was produced by HTRN-affiliate members: John Trajer (PhD candidate, EUI), Sarah Craig (Lecturer, QUB), Marta Minetti (PhD candidate, QMUL) and Gillian Kane (PhD candidate, QUB).
QUB HRC Modern Slavery Submission
In January 2021 students and staff affiliated with the School of Law and Human Rights Centre submitted a report to the Northern Ireland Department of Justice’s ‘Consultation on Tackling Modern Slavery’. The aim of the consultation was to engage stakeholders in building a strategy for Northern Ireland to eradicate modern slavery through a collaborative partnership between law enforcement agencies, front line professionals and the general public to raise awareness of human trafficking and slavery-like offences, support victims, and bring offenders to justice.
‘In light of the inclusion of the amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill in England and Wales, and the increased prevalence of the use of the ‘Rough Sex’ defence, the time is right to have a discussion about the law as it stands in Northern Ireland. We seek your views on whether a change to the law is required and, if so: what the change should be; and whether you think there is a need for a parallel programme of education to address this type of offending at the outset’.
In response to these specific questions, the student-led HRC submission exploresthe complexities of this area of law and situates them within social and cultural narratives around sexual violence, ultimately proposing legislative changes coupled with robust sex education. This submission was led by students (Justyna Granacka, Daniel Watson, Rebecca Poots, Meghan Hoyt, Alannah Faulkner, Emer Smyth, Laura Martin Rosemary Cowan, Alexandra Cook, Cameron Chisim, Sara Racicot, Timothy Carson, Antonia Boorman, Nicolas Saddler), and supported by Law School staff (Dr Eithne Dowds, Ms. Sarah Craig, Dr Elizabeth Agnew).