Jean Allain is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia, and Professor of International Law at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), University of Hull, UK. He is Special Adviser to Anti-Slavery International, the world’s oldest human rights organisation. His publications include the following books: The Law and Slavery (2015), Slavery in International Law (2013) and, as editor, The Legal Understanding of Slavery (2012).
Robert Caruana is a Professor in Business Ethics at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) of Nottingham University Business School. His research interests include corporate and consumer responsibility, labour exploitation, power relations and critical discourse analysis. He has published in journals such as Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Marketing Theory, European Journal of Marketing and Annals of Tourism Research. His most recent work explores the emergence of modern slavery as a legal category, and his current research project specifically examines corporate-public discourse around the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Andrew Crane is a Professor of Business and Society and Director of the Centre for Business, Organisations and Society in the School of Management at the University of Bath. His recent work has focused on understanding the business of modern slavery and helping public, private and civil organisations develop evidence-based solutions to the problem. His books include the award-winning textbook Business Ethics and the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility. He has published in some of the world’s leading scholarly management journals, including the Academy of Management Review and Journal of Management Studies.
Jenny Chan is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prior to joining the university, she was a Lecturer of Sociology and Contemporary China Studies at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies and a Junior Research Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford. She serves as the Vice President (Communications) of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Labor Movements, as Editor of the Global Labour Journal and as Contributing Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal.
(p.viii) Neil Howard is the Prize Fellow in International Development at the University of Bath. His research combines political economy and political anthropology to examine the political, economic and ideological construction of ‘human trafficking’, ‘forced labour’ and ‘modern slavery’. It has been published widely, including in the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Development in Practice and International Migration. His first book is entitled Child Trafficking, Youth Labour Mobility and the Politics of Protection (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
Genevieve LeBaron is Professor of Politics and Co-Director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield. She is also Co-Chair of Yale University’s Modern Slavery Working Group and a UK ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow (2016–19). Her current research focuses on the global business of forced labour and the politics and effectiveness of governance initiatives to combat it. She has held visiting positions at Yale University, the International Labour Organization, the University of California, Berkeley, and Sciences Po, Paris, and has published in some of the world’s leading political science journals, including Regulation & Governance, Review of International Studies and Review of International Political Economy. She was ranked number 1 academic (and 38th overall) on the 2017 global Top 100 Human Trafficking and Slavery Influence Leaders List.
Samuel Okyere is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. His work critically interrogates policy and popular perspectives on child labour, forced labour, human trafficking, prostitution and other phenomena described by some actors as modern slavery. These and a preoccupation with the interplay between dominant liberal human/child rights discourses and social justice, power, precarity, inequality, exploitation, (un)freedom and domination under conditions of globalisation underpin his research of children’s and young people’s labour mobility and their involvement in artisanal mining, prostitution, commercial farming, fishing and other precarious forms of work.
Nicola Phillips is Vice President and Vice Principal (Education), and Professor of Political Economy, at King’s College London. She is a former Chair of the British International Studies Association (BISA) and a past editor of the journals New Political Economy and Review of International Political Economy. She works in the field of global political economy, with interests focusing on global economic governance, inequality, and labour in global production. Between 2010 and 2013, she held a prestigious Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for research on forced labour and human trafficking for labour exploitation in the global economy.
(p.ix) Jessica R. Pliley is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality History at Texas State University. She is the contributor of Policing Sexuality: The Mann Act and the Making of the FBI (Harvard University Press, 2014) and co-editor of Global Anti-vice Activism, 1890–1950: Fighting Drink, Drugs, and ‘Immorality’ (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Women’s History, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and the Journal of the History of Sexuality. From 2017 to 2018, she has been the co-organiser of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition’s Working Group on Modern Slavery and Trafficking at Yale University.
Joel Quirk is a Professor of Politics at the University of the Witwatersrand. His research focuses on slavery and abolition, human mobility and human rights, global governance and social movements, repairing historical wrongs, and the history and politics of sub-Saharan Africa. Recent works include The Anti-Slavery Project (2011), Mobility Makes States (2015) and Contemporary Slavery (2017).
Andreas Rühmkorf is a Lecturer in Commercial Law at the University of Sheffield, UK. He is the author of the monograph Corporate Social Responsibility, Private Law and Global Supply Chains (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015). His recent publications include G. LeBaron and A. Rühmkorf, ‘The Domestic Politics of Corporate Accountability Legislation: Struggles over the 2015 UK Modern Slavery Act’, in Socio-Economic Review (2017) and G. LeBaron and A. Rühmkorf, ‘Steering CSR through Home State Regulation: A Comparison of the Impact of the UK Bribery Act and Modern Slavery Act on Global Supply Chain Governance’, Global Policy, 2017). (p.x)