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Contemporary Issues in Labour Studies (The Global Governance of Forced Labour in Supply and Labour Chains: From Theory to Policy)

In 2016, the United Nations adopted Target 8.7 as one of its Sustainable Development Goals, calling on all governments to take immediate and effective measures to end forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking, as well as child labour in all its forms. Migrant workers and transnational supply chains are seen as two vectors that make forced labour a truly global problem, and there is a growing global consensus that “fair recruitment” initiatives and laws regulating supply chains are required. What does the contemporary focus on forced labour reveal about conventional understandings of global capitalism and labour exploitation? Who are the social actors shaping the “modern slavery” policy space? What are the governance mechanisms that have been developed to regulate forced labour? We will explore these questions throughout the seminar, drawing upon a range of theoretical lenses (such as feminism, Marxism, critical race and postcolonial theory) and different disciplinary perspectives (political economy, geography, anthropology, sociology and law, for instance). A key component of the seminar will be interrogating the relationship between theory and policy, and developing skills of policy analysis and policy writing using initiatives designed to eliminate forced labour in supply and labour chains as our focus.


Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Fall Offered?: Yes Language?: No

Judy Fudge

Professor | LIUNA Enrico Henry Mancinelli Professor in Global Labour Issues