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The impact of Covid-19 on modern slavery and child labour. How can lawyers make a difference?

12 June 2020, 1.00pm BST

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The impact of Covid-19 on modern slavery and child labour. How can lawyers make a difference?

Overview

The Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting economic and labour market shock are having a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. This is the worst global crisis since the Second World War and the ILO estimates that nearly half of global workforce is at risk. Workers in the informal sector have been the worst hard-hit, suffering ‘massive damage to their capacity to earn a living.’ These factors have increased people’s vulnerability to exploitation. Migrant workers, children and women are, particularly, at risk.

This webinar focussed on the impact of Covid-19 on these vulnerable categories and will look at the role of the legal profession to address the heightened risks of modern slavery and child labour. The following issues will be discussed:

  • The impact of Covid-19 on modern slavery and child labour
  • The measures to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on modern slavery and child labour
  • The role of the legal profession in mitigating and addressing the impact of Covid-19 on modern slavery and child labour (in particular in global supply chains)