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Human trafficking and modern slavery in the European Court of Human Rights

In February 2021, Parosha Chandran, barrister and Professor of Practice in Modern Slavery Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law, won a landmark judgement on human trafficking and the non-punishment principle in the ECHR - V.C.L. and A.N. v the United Kingdom.

The case concerned the arrest and detention of two Vietnamese children found working on cannabis farms by police in 2009, despite being trafficked to the UK, and centred on the practical application of the non-punishment principle in cases involving victims of trafficking and forced labour, with the ECRH ultimately ruling Britain had breached Article 4 and Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Read the full case story here.

This landmark judgment is a game-changer not only for A.N. and V.C.L and other victims of trafficking who commit unlawful acts as a direct consequence of their trafficking but for all victims of trafficking as the Court has further clarified the highly protective ambit of Article 4 ECHR in trafficking cases– Professor Chandran

In a recent interview with Dr Octavio Ferraz, Co-Director of the Transnational Law Institute, Professor Chandran discusses the case and her incredible career in both practice and academia.

A detailed case summary from Professor Chandran’s chambers, One Pump Court, can be read here.

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Parosha Chandran

Parosha Chandran

Professor of Practice in Modern Slavery Law