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Legal Hour | Modern Slavery


What do you think about when you hear the word slavery?

Ancient Greece or Egypt, or the more than 12 million Africans who were traded across the Atlantic? Slavery existed then, and it still exists now. The clothes we wear, the coffee we drink, the food we eat – all of these are the end products of long supply chains tainted by modern slavery.

UNSW Law invites you to join us in a live webinar on Wednesday 9 September at 12:00pm (AEST) to hear from a dynamic panel of business and human rights leaders on the topic of Modern Slavery.

Legal Hour will explore whether Australia’s legal framework, which is premised on mandated corporate disclosures, is likely to be effective in combating modern slavery? Is more needed, and how should businesses be responding?

Our expert panel will explore why modern slavery continues to this day and its connection with the mainstream economy, and the role businesses can play in helping to end modern slavery.

Joining the conversation:

Dr David Cooke (MBA Exec 2000)

Managing Director of Konica Minolta ANZ, and Chair, UN Global Compact Network Australia


David has been Chair and Managing Director of Konica Minolta ANZ for the last seven years. During this time, David built a sustainability agenda into the business, incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to inform their decision making. He implemented a human rights and ethical souring framework with a focus on eliminating human rights abuses and slavery from their supply chain and in 2018, their work was recognised by being awarded the Business and Human Rights Award by the Australian Human Rights Commission. 

David is also the Chairperson for the UN Global Compact Network Australia – the peak body for the promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals in Australia. As Chairperson for the UNSW Australian Human Rights Institute Advisory Committee, he is responsible for the bringing together of medical, engineering, and legal minds to find human rights solutions.

Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope

Head of Business and Human Rights at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, and Member, UNSW Aust Human Rights Institute Advisory Board


Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope has 25 years’ experience working extensively with government, business, academia, the media, and the public to develop excellence in humanitarian practise and human rights. As Head of Business and Human Rights at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Phoebe works with clients to consider the human rights impacts of their operations and the value to be gained by adopting a human rights framework when assessing risks and opportunities. 

Prior to joining Corrs, Phoebe worked in South East Asia, the Middle East, central and southern Africa and in Europe in response to humanitarian and human rights emergencies.  She has represented organisations at the United Nations and was a founding Director of the Humanitarian Advisory Group, a social enterprise committed to delivering excellence in the humanitarian sector. Phoebe was a Director and part of the Leadership Team of Australian Red Cross and worked with government, academia, the media, and the public on the promotion of international humanitarian law. 

Rachel Davis (BA LLB 2003)

Vice President and Co-Founder of Shift


Rachel is currently the Vice President and Co-Founder of Shift – the leading centre of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Shift’s mission is to transform how business gets done in order to ensure respect for people’s lives and dignity. Shift is headquartered in New York and its team of experts work globally with business, government, investors and civil society stakeholders to put the UN Guiding Principles into practice. 

Prior to co-founding Shift, Rachel was a senior legal advisor from 2006 – 2011 to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on business and human rights, John Ruggie. She helped develop the UN Guiding Principles, advising on all aspects of the relationship between the Guiding Principles and national and international law. 

Professor Justine Nolan

Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney


A visiting professorial scholar at NYU's Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. Justine's research focuses on the intersection of business and human rights, in particular, corporate responsibility for human rights and modern slavery. Her 2019 co-authored book Addressing Modern Slavery examines how consumers, business and government are both part of the problem and the solution in curbing modern slavery in global supply chains. She teaches international human rights law and related courses on global law, development, globalisation and business and human rights. Justine works closely with business and civil society and has been a key driver of the Australian business and human rights movement. 

Prior to joining UNSW in 2004, she worked as the Director of the Business and Human Rights program at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) in the USA. This work examined ways in which to prevent and redress corporate violations of human rights. During this time Justine advised both companies and civil society organisations on effective strategies to protect human rights in the corporate sphere and was closely involved in the establishment of the Fair Labor Association.


We hope you can join us for this important discussion.