The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) has recently appointed Maria Moodie of Garden Court Chambers as the National Research Consultant for the UK case study into the determinants of anti-trafficking efforts as part of an innovative global study.
The overall goal of the project is to improve anti-trafficking efforts by national governments globally. The research will assess the links and sequencing of factors that have led to improved political will and capacity in national governments to address trafficking in persons. Beyond looking at existing indicators, the project goes to the source and captures the views of experts and stakeholders working in counter-trafficking at the national level, including legislators, policymakers, civil society organisations, academics, lawyers and service providers. This is a two-year project funded by the US Department of State (2019-2021).
The project explores the broad range of possible determinants for anti-trafficking efforts including (but not limited to): public awareness of the issues; the adoption of international instruments; decisions of courts and tribunals; rankings in international indices; pressure by donors; civil society engagement; particular events or occurrences; and responses to broader migration issues.
In order to achieve the objective set out above, the project will undertake a series of inter-related activities, including a series of case studies implemented by National Research Consultants. Each case study involves in-depth, cross-temporal, national-level desk research including analysis of policy documents and travaux preparatoires of such policies and legislation, interviews with relevant experts and stakeholders, and focus group discussions.
Further information on the project can be found here.