Wilberforce Institute

We're advancing the end of slavery and exploitation around the world

"The Wilberforce Institute has become a world leader in the study and explication of slavery today, few have had more impact on our understanding of and response to a crucial problem facing Britain today." The Right Honourable Lord Frank Field of Birkenhead, former MP and Chair of The Modern Slavery Bill Evidence Review
“The Wilberforce Institute Justice Hub is the platform to enhance knowledge for those of us who practise in criminal justice. Our moral responsibility is to continue to disrupt, to protect, to prevent and to prosecute. This Justice Hub brings together all of the ideologies to enable us to do that.” Caroline Haughey OBE QC
I am really proud to be a supporter of the Justice Hub in its work to combat modern a slavery – a brilliant example of how the university is using its knowledge of the past to combat the evils of today. Professor Nick Hardwick. Former Chair of the Parole Board and HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. Professor in Criminal Justice at the School of Law, Royal Holloway, University of London
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World-leading research centre

Walking in the footsteps of Hull MP William Wilberforce, our influential research has received royal recognition and is helping governments, businesses and communities root out slavery at its very source - one of the greatest threats to human rights today. 

Our unique strength is our understanding of both historical and contemporary slavery – learning from the past to create positive change today.

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Our PhD students conduct life-changing research that helps inform policies and practices around emancipation issues. Their work drives the agenda to help tackle slavery.

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