Many of the 28 million people in forced labour worldwide produce things that we in Australia buy and invest in. They range from berries from northern NSW to solar products from Xinjiang. Increasingly, governments are using commercial and market regulation to address these risks, from the US to the EU to Japan. In NSW since 1 July, government buyers must cease buying goods and services made by modern slavery.

What price freedom? NSW's new independent Anti-slavery Commissioner, Dr James Cockayne, argues these anti-slavery efforts offer insights into deeper transformations under way in the international order. They respond to emerging disruptions of the "liberal" character of the international order. Their success – or failure – may not only determine whether millions of people remain enslaved around the world, but also reveal the likely future character of the international order – and our place within it.


We will have space for a limited number of participants in-person at the Glover Cottages, tickets to be pre-paid (all in-person attendees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or hold a valid exemption). Once the limit for in-person attendees is reached, tickets will no longer be sold on the website or at the door.

Refreshments will be served from 6pm at Glover Cottages.

This event will also be streamed online via Zoom. Register by clicking the "get tickets" button below. Once you have registered, you will receive a follow-up confirmation email on the day of the event (Tuesday, October 25) containing details of the Zoom link and how to join the event.

The event will start at 6.30pm AEST (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne time), Tuesday October 25.

For further information please email

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Glover Cottages
Kent Street 124-134
Millers Point, New South Wales, Australia

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