ILS International Law and Practice Course 2020 Lecture Five

Tackling Modern Slavery: A Review of the Effectiveness of the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery in Australia

Join the International Law Section for the fifth ILS International Law and Practice Course lecture for 2020 – Tacking Modern Slavery – featuring Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM FRSA FACLM (Hon) FAAL TEP, Mr Kevin Hyland OBE and Ms Anne O'Donoghue, Accredited Specialist Immigration Lawyer.

Modern slavery presents the world with an ongoing challenge. A growing acknowledgement of human rights in business has exposed the labour violations and abusive practices that prevail in many global supply chains. The economic value through such exploitation is a major reason why slavery persists to flourish. Modern slavery is undeniably one of the most extreme forms of injustice and an abhorrent crime against humanity.

New research reveals that almost half of all countries in the world have yet to actually make it a crime to enslave another human being. There has also been a lack of investigation and prosecution of trafficking offenses, including forced labour. The review of the Australian Government’s initiatives through the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery 2015-19 suggests that Australia has more work to do in the area of monitoring the effectiveness of support provided to victims.

This lecture will examine whether there are adequate government efforts in place to not only prevent human trafficking and modern slavery but also to prosecute such crimes effectively in Australia. It will also consider the changes in the trafficking landscape and other emerging issues.

Event details

Date: 17 November 2020

Time: 5.00 - 6.00 pm (AEST)

Venue: Webinar via Zoom

This event will be hosted online and is only available to ILS Members. To participate in the webinar, become a member of the International Law Section which includes access to the ILS International Law and Practice Course 3.0. Join here. See Section membership fees here.

If you have any queries about the event, please contact Doris Wimmler, ILS Section Administrator, on 02 6246 3758 or email



Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM FRSA FACLM (Hon) FAAL TEP

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM commenced her seven-year term as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission on 30 July 2017. Prior to joining the Commission, Rosalind was President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (2009-2017) and Commissioner (2006–2009), where she led a number of significant law reform inquiries, including on Client Legal Privilege, Secrecy Laws, Family Violence, Discovery, Age Barriers to Work, Disability Laws, Encroachment on Freedoms in Commonwealth Laws and Elder Abuse.

As President she also oversaw inquiries such as Native Title, Copyright and Serious Invasions of Privacy. Rosalind had a distinguished career in legal education prior to 2007, with 25 years in university teaching and management. She was Dean of Law at Macquarie University (1999-2007) and Sydney University (1997–1998) and lectured and published extensively, principally in the fields of equity, trusts, property, inheritance and legal history. She became a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2007 and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 for significant service to the law as an academic, to legal reform and education, to professional development and to the arts. Rosalind holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney. She is an Honorary Fellow of St Andrew’s College of the University of Sydney (2002); Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Legal Medicine (2004); and an Honorary Life Member of the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW (2013).

In 2014, Rosalind was the winner of the Australian Women Lawyer’s Award in recognition of her ‘outstanding contribution to the legal profession’ in supporting and advancing women in the legal profession. In 2014, she was also acknowledged for her contributions to public policy as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac awards. Rosalind has undertaken many pro bono leadership roles – including as Governor of Ascham School for nine years; Councillor of St Andrew’s College; as a board member of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans, 2002-2003; and Vice-President of the International Academy of Estate and Trust law 2000-2005. She is also a keen musician, as instrumentalist (oboe, cor anglais and recorders) – from the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Renaissance Players and, more recently the Australian Lawyers’ Orchestra – and as chorister, with the Philharmonia Motet Choir (1994-2004) and the Bar Choir since its inception in 1996.

Mr Kevin Hyland OBE

Following 30 years in policing, including leading London’s Human Trafficking Unit, in 2014 Kevin Hyland OBE was appointed as the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner serving with distinction until 2018. He was the author of SDG 8.7 and led efforts for its inclusion for the eradication of human trafficking within the UN 15-year global goals. In 2018, Kevin was elected as Ireland’s representative to the Council of Europe Independent Group of Experts for Trafficking. He was instrumental in the establishment and remains chief advisor to the Santa Marta Group, a high-level partnership between law enforcement agencies, faith groups and civil society launched by Pope Francis at the Vatican. He was the instigator for the development of Bakhita House, a London based residential project for women and children who have experienced modern slavery.

In September 2019, he was the inaugural winner of the UN Women UK ‘HeForShe’ Leadership Award. He is on the board of The Passage Homeless Charity and Rahab a London based service for women exploited in prostitution. He leads several international anti trafficking projects chairing the Responsible Recruitment Group of the Institute of Human Rights and Business and the Island of Ireland Human Trafficking Project and provides strategic leadership to the OSCE in producing global victim support guidance.


Ms Anne O'Donoghue

Anne O’Donoghue is an accredited immigration law specialist and registered migration agent, with over 27 years of experience. She is the director and principal lawyer of Immigration Solutions Lawyers. Anne is acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading immigration law specialists. She was admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1981, the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1987 and the High Court of New South Wales in 1982. In 1998, Anne received her specialist accreditation as an immigration lawyer from the NSW Law Society.

Anne has been a member of the specialist accreditation advisory committee of the NSW Law Society since 2015. She has also served as Treasurer of the International Law Section (ILS) of the Law Council of Australia (LCA) (2012-2016). In December 2012, Anne was appointed as a member of the ILS Executive. Anne is currently Co-Chair of the ILS, Human Rights Committee of the LCA and was appointed in December 2019. In 2020, Anne contributed to a submission for the LCA in response to the Public Consultation Paper on the National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-24. Anne subsequently worked on the LCA’s submission on the Inquiry into Human Rights of Women and Girls in the Pacific for the ILS in her capacity as an Executive member. On 1 January 2019, Anne was appointed Co-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA).

In January 2020, Anne was appointed as a member of the Professional Ethics Committee Advisory Board of the IBA. In 2019, Anne was appointed as a member of the IBA’s Presidential Task Force on the Refugee Crisis Initiative, A Child Rights Response to Child Migration and Migrant Children at Risk. She was a Co-Moderator of the Showcase session which was presented at the 2019 IBA Conference in Seoul. In October 2019, Anne achieved a high commendation for the NSW Law Society’s Presidents Medal for her work on the IBA Presidential Taskforce in Seoul. Given the positive feedback received on the Presidential Showcase session in Seoul, the Presidential Taskforce has secured a continuation of this project for the IBA 2020 Virtually Together Conference (November 2020).

In March 2020, Anne had also chaired a session on modern slavery at the LCA Migration Conference in Melbourne. Throughout 2020, Anne has hosted and organised international webinars on the topic of global modern slavery under COVID-19. Anne has completed two series of webinars on Modern Slavery, including one which focused on the effects of COVID-19 on Modern Slavery: Migrant Smuggling and Human Trafficking from an Interpol Prosecutions perspective. In 2020, Anne contributed towards the Expert Analysis Chapter titled Global Overview on Modern Slavery and Corporate Supply Chain Compliance published by the ICLG Corporate Immigration Guide 2020. In the year 2020, Anne was recognised as a Thought Leader, Global Leader and National Leader by the WWL.

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