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

     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 welcomes PhD supervisons in, generally, public international law, and more specificially, international human rights law (including slavery, forced labour, trafficking) the history of international law, international humanitrian law and international criminal law, and Law of the Sea. He would especially welcome students from Asia and the global south.


Currently, Professor Allain is:


- Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Law, Monash University;

- Chief Investigator along with Prof Zoe Trodd (University of Nottingham), Prof John Oldfield (WISE, University of Hull) and Principal 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); and

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



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Research Output 2001 2018

Genealogies of human trafficking and slavery

Allain, J., 2018, Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking. Piotrowicz, R., Rijken, C. & Uhl, B. H. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 3-12 10 p.

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

Innovations in the business models of modern slavery: exploring the dark side of business model innovaton

Crane, A., LeBaron, G., Phung, K., Behbahani, L. & Allain, J., 2018, Academy of Management Proceedings. New York NY USA: Academy of Management, 6 p. (Academy of Management Proceedings; vol. 2018, no. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

The right to safe food: can the international food system deliver to the United Kingdom?

Allain, J., 2018, In : International Journal of Human Rights. 22, 3, p. 350-369 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Contemporary slavery and its definition in law

Allain, J., 2017, Contemporary Slavery: Popular Rhetoric and Political Practice. Bunting, A. & Quirk, J. (eds.). 1st ed. Vancouver Canada: University of British Columbia Press, p. 36-66 31 p.

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

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.). 1st ed. Switzerland: Springer, p. 35-59 25 p.

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