Towards Establishing a Global Industries Ombudsman

Towards Establishing a Global Industries Ombudsman
14 November 2017, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Title: Towards Establishing a Global Industries Ombudsman

Speaker: Professor Justin Malbon, Law School, Monash University; IALS Visiting Fellows

Under pressure from NGOs, a number of global corporations have committed to ensuring their global supply chains do not include products or services from exploited labour or involving environmental degradation. However, underpaid workers in developing countries working in substandard conditions, or farmers being forced from their land have extremely limited options for gaining redress – even if the goods they produce, or products of their forcibly taken land ends up in a global supply chain. Professor Malbon will outline a proposal for the establishment of a Global Industry Ombudsman, which could offer a low (or no) cost and practically effective way of enabling exploited workers and others to gain redress.

Professor Malbon, LLB (Adel), LLM (York, Can), PhD (UNSW) A practiced trial lawyer who has represented Australian Indigenous People, he is a former Dean of the Griffith University Law School in Brisbane and is presently Professor at the Monash University Law School, Melbourne, and has held visiting positions at Cambridge University and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Publications include books and articles on a range of topics including Indigenous rights, international intellectual property, international trade and consumer law. His books include The WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights: A Commentary (Edward Elgar, 2014) with Lawson and Davison; and Australian Export: A Guide to Law and Practice 2nd ed (Cambridge University Press, 2016) with Bishop.

Organised in collaboration with the London Labour Law Discussion Group.

This event is free but advance booking is required.  All welcome.  


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