Unlocking the potential of education in eradicating trafficking in persons
Friday, 4 December 2020
13:00 - 14:30
The event aimed at bringing together education and anti-trafficking actors to discuss the critical role education can play in eradicating trafficking in persons and the importance of a multidisciplinary approach that brings together different actors. The event aimed also at demonstrating the versatile role of education in respect of unlocking innovation for addressing trafficking in persons. Furthermore, the event sought to present novel approaches to fostering innovation and linking partners from different sectors in order to promote solutions. Unlocking the power of education and innovation for the eradication of trafficking in persons can lead future efforts and responses. The event discussed:
- What role can education play in eradicating trafficking persons and achieve SDGs 5.2, 7.8 and 16.2?
- What type of cooperation can be fostered between education and anti-trafficking actors?
- How can innovation contribute to anti-trafficking efforts?
- How can E4J tools help unlocking the potential of linking education and innovation with anti-trafficking responses?
- What challenges are we faced with and what are the ways forward?
13:00 - 13:05 ... Welcome and introduction: Zoi Sakelliadou, UNODC
13:05 - 13:15 ... Unlocking the potential of cooperation with education actors in anti-trafficking efforts: Perspectives of a National Anti-Trafficking authority: Dr. Heracles Moskoff, Heracles Moskoff, National Rapporteur of Greece on Trafficking in Human Beings, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece
13:15 - 13:25 ... Using E4J tools for achieving the SDGs and inspiring new generations of criminal justice practitioners: María Gavilan Rubio, Magistrate of the First Instance Court of Madrid and University Professor
13:25 - 13:40 ... Experiences and examples of cooperation among academia and anti-trafficking authorities: Mr. Salem Ahmed Al Marzooqi, National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking of Qatar and Dr. Mohamed Y. Mattar, Clinical Professor of Law & Head of the Legal Skills Department at Qatar University College of Law
13:40 - 13:50 ... Experiences from Bangladesh: Professor Abu Zayed Mohammad, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Northern University Bangladesh
13:50 - 14:00 ... Innovation as a catalyst of action: Exploring new horizons: Yannick Heiniger, Head of Partnerships, Swissnex, Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, San Francisco
14:00 - 14:05 ... Perspective from the field: How does UNODC work to foster partnerships? Gilberto Zuleta Ibarra, UNODC Colombia
Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section / E4J Focal Point on Trafficking in Persons, UNODC
Zoi is a Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer on Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Smuggling at UNODC. She is also the focal point of Education for Justice Initiative charged with developing tools for teaching on human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Prior to joining UNODC, she has served for 15 years with the European Commission, in Brussels / Belgium, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and UNHCR in Western Balkans, as well as the Greek Council for Refugees on trafficking in persons, migration, rule of law, international criminal law, gender based violence, human rights and asylum. She holds degrees in International and European Studies, European Union Law, Childhood Studies and Islamic Studies.
National Rapporteur of Greece on Trafficking in Human Beings, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece
Heracles Moskoff, PhD, London School of Economics, is a Minister Expert Counsellor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece. Dr. Moskoff has been appointed as National Rapporteur of Greece on combating Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, since 2013. His four year tenure was renewed by the Foreign Minister until 2021. Throughout his diplomatic career, he has been spearheading Greece's commitments to Human Security and Human Rights. His main field of interest and expertise is Migration policy and the 'national ownership' of best practices such as Public Private Partnerships. inter-agency cooperation, raising public awareness, educating competent authorities and tackling the 'demand side' of Human Trafficking. Dr. Moskoff is also a member of the National Council Against Racism and Intolerance and of the Greek National Commission for Human Rights. Prior to his current position he worked with Hellenic AID (Agency for International Development /Foreign Ministry), with the Migration Policy Institute, as a lecturer at Panteion University, and has written and published extensively.
Mohamed Y. Mattar
Clinical Professor of Law & Head of the Legal Skills Department, Qatar University, College of Law
Professor Dr. Mattar is a Clinical Professor of Law, the Director of the Law Clinic and the Head of the Legal Skills Department at Qatar University College of Law. Dr. Mattar’s professional expertise is in comparative and international law. Recognized as an international expert on anti-trafficking legislation, Dr. Mattar has worked for over 15 years in more than 75 countries to promote state compliance with international human rights standards and to advise governments on drafting and enforcing human rights laws. Dr. Mattar has testified in the United States on the status of human trafficking around the world at various Congressional Hearings. He also testified before the Russian Duma, the Mexican Senate, the Inter-American Human Rights Commission and the Egyptian Parliament. Dr. Mattar teaches courses on International Trafficking in Persons; Labor Law; Corporate Social Responsibility; International Contract Law; Investment and Trade Laws of the Middle East; Islamic Law; Introduction to the American Legal System; International Business and Human Rights; and Legal Ethics. Dr. Mattar was an Adjunct Professor at the American University Washington College of Law, Georgetown Law Center and at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. He is also a visiting professor at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasburg, France, the International Institute of Legislative Drafting in Louisiana, US and at the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Italy. His latest publications include “Medical Liability for Trafficking in Persons for the Purpose of Human Experimentation: International Standards and Comparative Models from Arab Jurisdictions,” International Annals of Criminology, Cambridge University Press 2017; and “Integrating the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts as a Source of Contract Law in Arab Civil Codes,” Uniform Law Review, Oxford University Press 2017. Mohamed Mattar received his Doctorate of Juridical Sciences (S.J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M) from Tulane University, his Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L.) from the University of Miami, and his License en Droit (LL.B.) from Alexandria University where he still serves as a non-resident distinguished Professor of Law.
Head of Partnerships at swissnex San Francisco, Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation
Yannick Heiniger is Head of Partnerships at swissnex San Francisco. After 7 years working on partnerships, innovation and digital transformation at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Yannick recently transitioned to the swissnex San Francisco. As Head of Partnerships, Yannick is driven by the conviction that the complexity of our world and its challenges requires new models of collaboration across industries and disciplines. While working at the United Nations, Food for the Hungry, the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs and ICRC, Yannick brought together the different networks, skills and resources of a diverse ecosystem of partners as to create new tangible solutions and address systemic issues. In his new functions, Yannick hopes to accelerate the understanding that Silicon Valley has of the “Spirit of Geneva” and leverage the unique contribution that universities can play, alongside many others, in ensuring that our embrace of new technologies reinforces values such as humanity and inclusion.
A BA student from Lausanne and MA from Geneva, Yannick is an active member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, where he works with a team of young leaders to amplify the voice of the youth on global key issues.
The swissnex Network is an initiative of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation and is part of the Confederation’s network abroad managed by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The activities of the swissnex Network are based on a collaborative approach, relying on public and private partnerships and funding. As part of the global swissnex Network for international collaboration, swissnex’s mission is to connect people and ideas from Switzerland and the San Francisco Bay Area to foster exchange in research, education, innovation, and the arts.
María Gavilan Rubio
Magistrate of the First Instance Court of Madrid and university professor
She is a Judge in Madrid and a Lecturer/Professor at “María Cristina Royal University Center”, attached to the Complutense University of Madrid, teaching in the Master of the Practice of Law and in the Subject of International Criminal Law. She also teaches specialized Groups in Trafficking of Human Beings of the Guardia Civil (Law Enforcement Unit). She participates as an expert in Trafficking and Smuggling of Persons through the international cooperation with the School of Judges of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, including the preparation of the materials and tools to help future development of specialized training in the matter, as well as providing training to teachers in this area. She has been a speaker in various conferences and events on trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, gender based violence and human rights. She has authored various articles on Trafficking in Human Beings published in specialized legal journals.
Gilberto Zuleta Ibarra
National Coordinator of Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants Project in UNODC Colombia
Mr. Gilberto Zuleta Ibarra is the National Coordinator of Human Trafficking and Smuggling of migrants project in UNODC Colombia. Gilberto is a lawyer with a post-graduate degree on public policies and gender, a diploma in international relations and a Masters in Human Rights and Democratization. He has an international accreditation on criminal profiling of sexual crimes. Since 2014 he has been an advisor in criminal investigation and law enforcement against human trafficking and migrant smuggling at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Colombia. He has also provided technical assistance to authorities in Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Jordan. Prior to his work with UNODC he worked for the promotion of human rights in the public sector, academia and international cooperation, with a special focus on gender, children and adolescents.
Abu Zayed Mohammad
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, City University, Bangladesh
Professor Mohammad is currently a Professor of Law at the Department of Law, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the City University, Dhaka, Bangladesh and a Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS). Prior to his current portfolios, he was the Dean, Faculty of Law, Northern University Bangladesh and an adjunct faculty at the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the North South University, Bangladesh. Professor Mohammad also holds the distinguished Research Expert position of the RAB Forces Headquarters, Bangladesh Police. Professor Mohammad’s research experience spans over 30 years. During this time, he has conducted and led research projects for The World Bank, UNDP, DFID, ICRC, JICA, The Asia Foundation, BRAC, The University of Melbourne, to name a few. Professor Mohammad’s current research interests encompass; violent extremism, piracy, law enforcement, human security and issues in public international law. He was educated at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, The University of Melbourne, Australia and at Hamburg University, Germany.
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