Speaking at the Vatican

Lord Norton somehow or other was the individual other than myself who was most influential in causing me to start a blog on WordPress. Our level of communication is not what it once was but I still follow his fascinating career with great interest.

He has a series of posts about this visit to the Vatican. They are worth a look…

The Norton View

DSC_2591On Friday, I spoke at the two-day Judges’ Summit on Human Trafficking and Organised Crime held at the Vatican.  As readers will doubtless be aware, I am not a judge, nor am I an expert on human trafficking or organised crime.  I was invited to speak because of my expertise in the legislative process, especially post-legislative scrutiny.  I was the only political scientist to attend.

The UK has enacted the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the first of its kind in Europe.  Baroness Butler-Sloss, former Lord Justice of Appeal, who was centrally involved in the work leading up to, and passage of, the measure, outlined the provisions of the Act.  Christopher Prince, a circuit judge and honorary judicial recorder of Durham, detailed work being done by the courts in dealing with victims.  I then addressed the importance of evaluating the effects of the Act.  As such, my role at the summit…

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