Personal profile


Prof Jean Allain is the leading legal scholar on issues of human trafficking and modern slavery and Special Adviser to Anti-Slavery International, the world's oldest international human rights organisation.

     Prof Allain is also Professor of International Law with the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) at the University of Hull, UK.

     Prof Allain holds a Doctorate from the Graduate Institute for International Studies, University of Geneva; during his graduate studies he clerked for the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

     Prof Allain is also Extraordinary Professor, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa.



Currently Professor Allain is:


- Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Law;

- Chief Investigator along with Prof Zoe Trodd (University of Nottingham), Prof John Oldfield (WISE, University of Hull) and Lead Investigator Prof Kevin Bales (University of Nottingham) on an AUS$ 3.3 million UK Arts & Humanities Research Council Grant on The Antislavery Usable Past (2014-2019);

- a Member of the Modern-Day Slavery Working Group at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University (2017-2018);  and

- Visiting Professor, Beijing Normal University (2017-2020).



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Research Output 2009 2018

Genealogies of human trafficking and slavery

Allain, J. 2018 Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking. Piotrowicz, R., Rijken, C. & Uhl, B. H. (eds.). Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 3-12 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

Contemporary slavery and its definition in law

Allain, J. 2017 Contemporary Slavery: Popular Rhetoric and Political Practice. Bunting, A. & Quirk, J. (eds.). Vancouver Canada: University of British Columbia Press, p. 36-66 31 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

Decolonisation as the Source of the Concepts of Jus Cogens and Obligations Erga Omnes

Allain, J. O. J. 2017 Ethiopian Yearbook of International Law. Yihdego, Z., Geboye Desta, M. & Merso, F. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 35-59 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

Governance gaps in eradicating forced labor: from global to domestic supply chains

Crane, A., LeBaron, G., Allain, J. O. J. & Behbahani, L. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Regulation & Governance. 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access