Professor Jean Allain

Professor of International Law

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

School of Law and Politics

01482 305181

Prof Jean Allain's archival research and legal analysis on the international abolition of slavery has been foundational to the law of modern slavery.

He is Special Adviser to Anti-Slavery International, the world's oldest human rights organisation; Professor of Law at Monash University, Australia; Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa; and Visiting Professor, Beijing Normal University, China.

Prof Allain received his doctorate from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. During this period, he clerked for the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.


Research Interests

  • Public international law

  • Human rights law

  • International humanitarian law

  • International criminal law


Allain J, Slavery in International Law: Of Human Exploitation and Trafficking, 428 pp, Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff (2013)

Allain J, The Slavery Conventions: The Travaux Préparatoires of the 1926 League of Nations Convention and the 1956 United Nations Convention, 821 pp, Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff (2008)

Allain J, 'The White Slave Traffic in International Law', Journal of Trafficking and Human Exploitation, Vol 1, pp 1-40 (2017)

Allain J, 'The Definition of Slavery into the Twenty-First Century', in Allain J (ed), The Legal Understanding of Slavery: From the Historical to the Contemporary, pp 253-280, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2012)

Allain J, 'Nineteenth Century Law of the Sea and the British Abolition of the Slave Trade', British Yearbook of International Law, Vol 78, pp. 342-388 (2008)

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Research PhDs

Prof Allain welcomes applications in any area of public international law, specifically international human rights issues; the laws of war; the law of the sea; and international criminal law.

Completed PhDs

Prof Allain has an established track record of successful PhD completions, both here in the UK and in Australia.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Doctorate in International Law: Doctorat en relations internationales - spécalisation: droit international, Graduate Institute for International Studies (Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales), University of Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Masters in International Law: Diplôme d’études supérieures - spécalisation: droit international, Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland