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By Dr. Rina Shahrullah

July 16, 2008, (Wednesday), 4:30-6:00 pm
Leong Hall 404


Human trafficking or trafficking in persons is a modern and new type of global slavery since it deprives people of human rights and freedom. The Philippines among other countries in Southeast Asia region is the source, transit and destination country for men, women, and children trafficked internally and internationally for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor. The Philippines enacted a special legislation on anti human trafficking, namely the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 or the Republic Act No. 9208. Yet, there is always a gap between the law in book and the law in action. Hence, the question is whether RA No.9208 is adequate to bring more traffickers to the court of justice and provide legal protection for trafficking victims.

Dr. Rina Shahriyani Shahrullah is from Indonesia and finished her Bachelor of Laws in 1992 from Faculty of Law, Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, Indonesia. She completed her Masters in Comparative Law in 1997 at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Australia. Her comparative law study dealt with the legal system of Australia and Indonesia. Her comparative legal seminars and essays focused on the aspects of commercial laws under the Civil Law, Common Law and Islamic Law. From 2000-2004, she conducted a research on international commercial arbitration at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Australia. In 2005, she was awarded a Ph.D of Law from the University of Queensland, Australia.