Chantal Thomas

Chantal Thomas


Chantal Thomas
, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School and IGLP Workshop Faculty Alum
, published a paper which was recently reviewed by Jaya Ramji-Nogales for “Jotwell – The Journal of Things We Like (Lots): “Immigration Controls and ‘Modern-Day Slavery’ “ 

“Chantal Thomas’s new paper, Immigration Controls and “Modern-Day Slavery”, takes on the challenge of bringing hard-nosed logic to bear on the concept of “modern-day slavery” and its interface with immigration law. In my view one of the most interesting authors out there on questions of international law, immigration, and labor, Thomas’s analysis of the slavery debate does not disappoint.” says Ramji-Nogales. Read the full review (Posted February 5, 2014)

Abstract of the paper:  

Are immigration controls the single biggest legal factor contributing to modern‐day slavery? In a national and international political moment in which immigration law and policy are being hotly debated, participants in the debate should recognize the impact of strict migration controls – one of the clearest results of the current U.S. immigration law reform effort – is to exacerbate conditions of immiseration that are frequently associated by anti‐trafficking advocates and reformers with “modern‐day slavery.” Conversely, those who are fighting to end modern‐day slavery might be best advised to focus on immigration reform that relaxes border control and increases the rights and remedies of undocumented migrants, as the measures that could most provide immediate redress.

Download the paper from SSRN