Originally published in Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

When is “Forced Marriage” a Form of Modern Slavery? A Workshop Comparing Human Rights & Human Trafficking Approaches

The Ford Institute will host a workshop comparing human rights and human trafficking approaches led by Dr. Lisa Alfredson at 12:00 p.m., Oct. 10 in Posvar Hall, room 3610. The workshop attempts to answer the controversial question, "When is –and isn’t— forced marriage a form of modern slavery?"  The workshop will explore the range of types of forced marriages – from customary forced marriages, to mail-order-brides, and abducted “wives” of armed fighters – in relation to competing legal definitions and conceptual debates about slavery. 

Participants will:

  • work toward a comprehensive understanding and definition of conjugal slavery which addresses the intersection between slavery and the broader issue of forced marriage
  • compare the suitability of rights-based slavery laws and prosecution-based trafficking laws in cases of conjugal slavery
  • gain insights into the working of slavery, human rights and trafficking laws more generallyengage in current debates about modern slavery and about different approaches to ending it.

This workshop is limited to graduate students.

Registration required. Please email Diane Cohen (drc51@pitt.edu).

Light refreshments will be served.

Ford Institute Speaker Series


Ford Institute for Human Security
3930 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260