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James Cockayne

James Cockayne

Professor of Global Politics & Anti-Slavery at the University of Nottingham, Founder of Finance Against Slavery & Trafficking, Former UN Official

Based in Byron Bay, Australia, James Cockayne is Professor of Global Politics & Anti-Slavery at the University of Nottingham. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Futures Council on the New Agenda for Equity and Social Justice, and former chair of the US Council on Foreign Relations study group on trafficking in persons.

Working with the Prime Minister of Liechtenstein and Foreign Ministers of Australia and the Netherlands, he founded Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking. In 2020, working with APAC investors with over AUD6.5T AUM, he helped stand up Investors Against Slavery and Trafficking APAC. Between 2013 and 2020 James led the New York-based team for United Nations University, advising UN leadership on issues including technology and human rights, cybergovernance, parliamentary ethics, private security and global drug policy, migration and sustainable development. In that time, he was invited to address the UN Security Council, Human Rights Council, and Economic and Social Council.

Earlier in his career, Cockayne led Australia’s international extradition practice, war crimes trials and counter-terrorism in Africa, and in private legal practice in Sydney and Paris. James has a Ph.D. in War Studies from King’s College London, an LL.M. from NYU and was the University Medalist in government and public administration at the University of Sydney. His books include Developing Freedom: The Sustainable Development Case for Ending Modern Slavery (UNU, 2021), and Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organized Crime (OUP, 2016).

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