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Debate - Achievements of the Trafficking Protocol: Perspectives from the former UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons

  • Joy N Ezeilo University of Nigeria


The United Nations (UN) Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, 2000 (Trafficking Protocol), is a watershed in galvanising the global movement against human trafficking. Thanks to the Protocol, international and regional bodies, along with civil society groups, have become involved in researching the issue and supporting anti-trafficking efforts; and states have begun to introduce new laws and policies aimed at criminalising trafficking, protecting victims and preventing future trafficking.[1]

[1] J N Ezeilo, ‘First decade of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children’, A/HRC/26/37, UN, 2014.

Author Biography

Joy N Ezeilo, University of Nigeria

Joy Ngozi Ezeilo teaches Law at the Department of Public and Private Law, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria. She was appointed in 2008 as the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, and served in that capacity globally until 31 July 2014. The UN Secretary-General appointed her as a member of the Board of Trustees of the UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in December 2013. She is the founding director of WomenAid Collective (WACOL), a Nigerian organisation that promotes human rights of women and young people, and currently serves as a member of the Governing Council, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA). As a legal practitioner, barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, she takes on human rights cases on a pro bono basis. Ezeilo is High Chief in Igboland. She has also received several national and international awards, including being conferred with the national honour of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) in 2006.

How to Cite
EZEILO, Joy N. Debate - Achievements of the Trafficking Protocol: Perspectives from the former UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons. Anti-Trafficking Review, [S.l.], n. 4, apr. 2015. ISSN 2287-0113. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 jan. 2018. doi:


Trafficking Protocol, Palermo Protocol, human trafficking, human rights, United Nations, Special Rapporteur, Trafficking Rapporteur