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Prof Jean Allain is a leading legal scholar on issues of human trafficking and modern slavery.

     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 has been, since 2008, and continues to be 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.

     From 2015-2019, Prof Allain was Special Adviser to Anti-Slavery International, the world's oldest international human rights organisation.

     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, international criminal law, and Law of the Sea. He would especially welcome students from Asia and the global south.

     Prof Allain's most recent book is: The Last Waltz of the Law of Nations: A Translation of The 1803 Edition of de Rayneval's The Institutions of Natural Law and the Law of Nations (Oxford University Press, 2019).


Currently, Professor Allain is:


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

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



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Projects 2019 2021

Invisible children: a rights-based approach to development for children living in unrecognized states

Coomans, F., Allain, J., Jama, G. A., Kassis, M., Pronk, J., Manby, B., Clark, P., Tamanaha, B. Z., Allen, B., De Chickera, A., Valentin, S. & Eqtaish, A. A.


Project: Research

Research Output 2001 2019

Conceptualizing the exploitation of human trafficking

Allain, J., 2019, The SAGE handbook of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. Bryson Clark, J. & Poucki, S. (eds.). 1st ed. London UK: SAGE Publications Ltd, p. 3-17 15 p.

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

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

Crane, A., LeBaron, G., Allain, J. & Behbahani, L., Mar 2019, In : Regulation & Governance. 13, 1, p. 86-106 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Khadduri as gatekeeper of the Islamic Law of Nations?

Allain, J., 2019, International Law and Islam: Historical Explorations. de la Rasilla, I. & Shahid, A. (eds.). 1st ed. The Netherlands: Brill, p. 127-145 19 p. (Brill's Arab and Islamic Laws Series; vol. 14).

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

Book review: Esclave de Daech, by Jinan and Thierry Oberlé & The Girl Who Beat Isis: My Story, by Farida Khalaf with Andrea C. Hoffmann

Allain, J., Jan 2018, In : Journal of Global Slavery. 3, 1-2, p. 189-194 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort ReviewOtherpeer-review

Force marriage: slavery qua enslavement and the civil war in Sierra Leone

Allain, J., 2018, Critical Readings on Global slavery. Pargas, D. A. & Roşu, F. (eds.). 1st ed. The Netherlands: Brill, p. 1627-1659 32 p. (Critical Readings).

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