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The International Law of Human Trafficking

By Anne T. Gallagher

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Other Information: 1 table
Published In: United Kingdom, 10 January 2011
Although human trafficking has a long and ignoble history, it is only recently that trafficking has become a major political issue for states and the international community and the subject of detailed international rules. Anne T. Gallagher calls on her direct experience working within the United Nations to chart the development of new international laws on this issue. She links these rules to the international law of state responsibility as well as key norms of international human rights law, transnational criminal law, refugee law and international criminal law, in the process identifying and explaining the major legal obligations of states with respect to preventing trafficking, protecting and supporting victims, and prosecuting perpetrators. This book is a groundbreaking work: a unique and valuable resource for policymakers, advocates, practitioners and scholars working in this controversial and important field.

Table of Contents

1. The international legal definition; 2. The international legal framework; 3. Specific legal issues; 4. State responsibility for trafficking; 5. Obligations of protection and support; 6. Obligations related to repatriation and remedies; 7. Obligations of an effective criminal justice response; 8. Obligations to prevent trafficking and respond lawfully; 9. Issues of compliance, implementation, and effectiveness.

About the Author

Dr Anne T. Gallagher is recognized as a leading authority on the international legal and policy aspects of human trafficking. She served as a career UN official from 1992 to 2003, including as Adviser on Human Trafficking to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, whom she represented in negotiations for the Organized Crime Convention and its Protocols on Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling. Dr Gallagher oversaw the development of the UN Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking and was founding Chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Group on Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling. She continues to advise the United Nations on these issues, her most recent assignment being the preparation of a detailed legal commentary on the UN Recommended Principles and Guidelines. Dr Gallagher has worked directly with criminal justice agencies and legislatures on trafficking in more than forty countries and is currently a technical adviser to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its Member States. A scholar as well as a practitioner, she has taught international law and human rights law at universities and academic institutions in Europe, Asia and Australia and has published widely on human rights (including women's rights), criminal justice and trafficking.


'In The International Law of Human Trafficking, Dr Anne Gallagher uses her unique position as a scholar and practitioner to chart the extraordinary developments of the past decade. This carefully researched and well-written book provides a comprehensive and accessible insight into a new, complex but vital area of international law. It affirms the central place that international law, including human rights law, must play in any solution to the age-old problem of private exploitation. I recommend it to all those involved in working against trafficking and supporting the victims of this illegal and inhuman trade.' Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland (1990-7) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002)

EAN: 9780511761065
ISBN: 0511761066
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
Age Range: 15+ years
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