Elizabeth Faulkner

Dr Elizabeth A Faulkner

Contemporary Slavery Lecturer


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Elizabeth Faulkner has been passionate about law, human rights and justice since an early age and now focuses upon the rights of children as a central aspect of her interdisciplinary research.

A dedicated early career researcher, she recently joined the University of Hull upon the completion of her doctorate as a contemporary slavery lecturer, within the Wilberforce Institute.

Elizabeth previously lectured within the Law Schools at Staffordshire University and De Montfort University, and is continuing at the latter as a guest lecturer on a third year elective module, International Child Law.


Research Interests

  • International child law

  • Human trafficking

  • Modern slavery

  • Human rights

  • Migration

  • Exploitation

  • Gender

  • Sexual violence and abuse

Research groups

  • Wilberforce Institute, University of Hull

  • Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA)

  • Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)

  • International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM)


Faulkner E A, 'The Victim, the Villain and the Rescuer: the trafficking of women and contemporary abolition', Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development, special issue: Gender and Development, Stewart A (ed), 21, pp 1-14 (2018)

Faulkner E A, 'The historical evolution of the international legal responses to the trafficking of children', in Jones J and Winterdyk J (eds), Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking, Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming 2019)

Faulkner E A, 'The development of child trafficking within International Law: A socio-legal and archival analysis', in Deplano R (ed), Pluralising International Legal Scholarship: the Promise and Perils of Non-Doctrinal Research Methods, Elgar (forthcoming 2019)

Faulkner E A, 'The Sexual Exploitation of Children', in Akhtar R C (ed), International Child Law, Routledge (forthcoming 2020)

Faulkner E A, The Trafficking of Children: International Law, Modern Slavery and Contemporary Abolition, Palgrave Macmillan - Transnational Crime, Crime Control and Security series (forthcoming 2020)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Policing and Criminal Investigation

Research PhDs

Elizabeth welcomes applications relating to international child law generally, with particular interest upon exploitation, human rights, migration, violence, modern slavery and trafficking.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD The Trafficking of Children; International Law, Modern Slavery and the New Abolitionists, De Montfort University 

  • MA in Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice, Keele University, including study abroad program reading 'Gender and the Law' at the TATA Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India

  • BA (Hons) Law with American Studies, Keele University

External roles

  • Guest lecturer at Leicester De Montfort Law School, De Montfort University.

  • ‘Freedom Talk’ panelist at the Freedom Festival 2018 (Hull)

  • General Executive Member, ESPMI Executive Committee, Emerging Scholars & Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI) Network 2018 – 2020

Awards and accolades

  • Leicester De Montfort Law School doctoral scholarship award

Professional highlights

  • Appeared on BBC2's The Big Questions in early 2018 to discuss modern slavery.