Trafficking victims and the law

10 Jul, 2018

The legal protections from criminal prosecution for human trafficking victims is the topic of an upcoming public lecture by Northumbria University’s associate professor Dr Nicola Wake at the AUT Law School.

Entitled ‘Trafficking victims compelled to commit offences: increasing the protection available in England, Wales and New Zealand’, Dr Wake will explore how to better protect victims at the talk on 23 July 2018.

She says delivering the lecture is a fantastic opportunity for people to engage and participate in a thought-provoking area of law that is, unfortunately, very topical and relevant worldwide.

“It’s an incredibly important issue that staff and law students at Northumbria have been researching for some time and the visit provides a great opportunity for us to explore real and often sensitive issues on a collaborative basis.”

Dr Wake is widely published in criminal law with special interest in mental condition defences. She holds several editorial positions and is a research mentor to academic colleagues while supervising PhD students.

The Northumbria University associate professor is visiting AUT Law School and the Centre for Non-Adversarial Justice with assistance from the Kayes Fletcher Walker scholarship, which aims to support an annual visit by an internationally recognised academic working in the areas of criminal law and criminal justice. Kayes Fletcher Walker, a law firm based in South Auckland, is the Office of the Manukau Crown Solicitor.

“It is an immense honour to be awarded the title and is indicative of the strong and close working partnership between myself, Northumbria University and Auckland University of Technology Law Schools,” says Dr Wake.

Centre co-director Professor Warren Brookbanks says the AUT Law School is privileged to be hosting the visit by Dr Wake, who is recognised as an outstanding legal academic in the UK.

Northumbria Law School is the largest law school in the North East of England with a national and international reputation for excellence in legal education. Its courses have been ranked in the top 300 in the world, for the first time, in the QS World University Rankings 2018.

For more information on the public lecture see the Centre for Non-Adversarial Justice website.

Centre for Non-Adversarial Justice website

To read more about Dr Nicola Wake visit her staff profile on the Northumbria University website.

Dr Nicola Wake

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