About the Organisers:
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK
CPA UK is a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), which is a Commonwealth-wide network of some 17,000 national, state, provincial and territorial parliamentarians within 180 legislatures in 53 countries. The purpose of the CPA is to strengthen parliamentary democracy within the 53-country Commonwealth, providing a space for parliamentarians to share, learn, compare and work together to promote Commonwealth values of democracy, rule of law, human rights, good governance and social and economic development.
CPA UK recently delivered the Modern Slavery Project (MSP) a four-year multilateral project funded by the UK Home Office. Its aims were to contribute to the global effort to ‘eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour’ (SDG8.7) by strengthening modern slavery-related legislation and parliamentary scrutiny and oversight of these issues in the Commonwealth. Through the design, management and delivery of the project CPA UK has acquired strong experience and expertise on the issues and gathered extensive knowledge of what Commonwealth parliaments and parliamentarians want and need to tackle modern slavery-related crimes. CPA UK has built strong relationships of trust and excellence with UK and international members of parliaments and officials, who are committed to eradicating modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour.
The Modern Slavery & Human Rights Policy Evidence Centre
The UK Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre was created by the investment of public funding to enhance the understanding of modern slavery and transform the effectiveness of laws and policies designed to overcome it.
It's designed to provide independent, impartial and authoritative insight and analysis on modern slavery based on high quality research it commissions, aiming to have a transformational impact on the understanding of modern slavery and the responses to it. The Centre brings together academics, policymakers, businesses, civil society, survivors and the public on a scale not seen before in the UK to collaborate on solving this global challenge. The Modern Slavery PEC’s approach is rooted in human rights.
The Centre is a consortium of universities and Independent Research Organisations, led by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and consisting of the Rights Lab at Nottingham University, the Wilberforce Institute at Hull University, the Centre for the Study of International Slavery at the University of Liverpool, the Bonavero Institute on Human Rights at Oxford University and the Alan Turing Institute. It is funded by the Art and Humanities Research Council on behalf of the UK Research and Innovation.