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Mauritania was the last state in the world to formally abolish “chattel slavery” in 1980. It has since committed to work towards the elimination of slavery by 2030 under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda and has progressively adopted domestic legislation complying with international law. Yet, Mauritania faces significant challenges in the enforcement of its anti-slavery legislation and the government’s response remains insufficient. Professor Webb and Dr Garciandia will explore the hypothesis that certain biases and obstructive behaviours in law enforcement could be overcome through strategies that engage directly with that history.

Event details of “I demand justice. I hold them all responsible”: Advancing the Enforcement of Anti-slavery Legislation in Mauritania
Date 15 March 2021
Time 15:30 -17:00
Organised by Professor Philippa Webb & Dr Rosana Garciandia


Philippa Webb is Professor of Public International Law. She joined The Dickson Poon School of Law in 2012 after a decade in international legal practice. She was previously visiting Assistant Professor in the Advanced LLM Programme at Leiden University (2009-2011). She has been Visiting Professor at Université Paris X Nanterre, ESADE Law School and Pepperdine University’s London programme.

Professor Webb’s research interests are in public international law, including all aspects of immunities, international dispute settlement, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and the law of international organisations. 

Dr Rosana Garciandia is a Visiting Lecturer in Public International Law at King’s College London. Her research focuses on the international law of state responsibility and the response of international law to contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking. She is also a Fellow of the Macrocrimes Center of the University of Ferrara and, as a consultant at the United Nations University Center for Policy Research, she has worked with the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Urmila Bhoola.