Kings College London elects first ever Professor of Modern Slavery Law

17 Sep 2018

The UK’s leading anti-slavery lawyer, Parosha Chandran, has been elected the first ever Professor of Modern Slavery Law at Kings College London, after more than two decades of specialist experience in the area.

A specialist in modern slavery law and a world-leading expert on the law relating to human trafficking for the UN, Council of Europe and OSCE, Parosha represents adult and child victims of modern slavery and human trafficking and has set critical legal trafficking precedents in the asylum, slavery, criminal non-punishment, civil and public law contexts.

She has contributed to key international legal guidance on trafficking, provides judicial training and has advised on legislation including the Modern Slavery Act 2015. She has received many honours for her work including theTrafficking in Persons Hero Award 2015 from John Kerry in Washington DC for her work in developing the rule of law on trafficking in the UK and abroad and for her “unparalleled achievements in providing legal services to survivors of modern slavery”.

She is Senior  Legal Advisor to Parliament’s Modern Slavery Project which supports Commonwealth States in improving their trafficking and modern slavery laws. She is the General Editor of the leading textbook, “Human Trafficking Handbook: Recognising Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery in the UK” (LexisNexis, 2011). In 2018 she received the distinction of being appointed the first Professor of Modern Slavery Law at King’s College London.

Commenting on her appointment, Chandran said “‘I am deeply honoured to have been selected by King’s for appointment as the first Professor of Modern Slavery Law. This is an emerging field that needs the critical attention and drive of the some of the world’s best LLM students.

“There is a long way to go to ensure that legislation and policies concerning human trafficking, slavery, servitude and forced labour are fit for purpose. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, lawyers, advisers and advocates, and I am both humbled and proud to receive my appointment and be able to play a part in their learning process at King’s.”

Parosha continues to practice at One Pump Court alongside her role at King’s, and we all wish to extend our congratulations to her on a momentous achievement.

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