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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

03/03/2020

Annual ICLQ Lecture: Philippa Webb on state responsibility for modern slavery

Last night Professor Philippa Webb delivered the 20th Annual ICLQ Lecture at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

Philippa and her colleague Dr Rosana Garciandia (King’s College London) were invited to give the prestigious lecture on the strength of their 2019 publication State Responsibility for Modern Slavery: Uncovering and Bridging the Gap.

In the lecture, Philippa and Rosana argued that the legal framework of state responsibility can be used to help eradicate modern slavery.

They identified five scenarios in which states may have responsibility for modern slavery. These scenarios are not hypothetical, as demonstrated by recent developments including:

  • Last Friday’s decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in the Nevsun litigation which concerned the alleged complicity of a Canadian mining company with forced labour in Eritrea.
  • Credible reports of modern slavery in the cotton industry in Uzbekistan and the Xingjiang Uyghur Autunomous Region in China.
  • The alleged involvement of diplomats in human trafficking and domestic servitude in the UK which is the first Employment Appeal Tribunal case to be granted a leapfrog certificate to the Supreme Court.

The event was chaired by ICLQ Editor in Chief Professor Sir Malcolm Evans OBE KCMG.

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Professor Philippa Webb
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