The International Commission of Jurists, Australia drafted a submission on the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slave-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill, which is intended to remedy several legislative omissions under the current Australian legislative framework for combating people trafficking, slavery, and forced marriage.

The ICJA was concerned that the bill does not fully remedy the gaps in the existing law. In particular, the ICJA was concerned that there are definitional deficiencies in the setting out of elements of the new offences, that the bill retains some problematic requirements in the existing legislation, and that the bill fails to comprehensively address victim and witness protection. The primary focus of the recommendations was on the enforceability of the proposed offences and ensuring that the elements are sufficiently certain for both the defence and the prosecution.

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF THE SUBMISSION.