An accomplished human rights advocate and legal expert, Peter Talibart is a pioneer and renowned leader in lobbying for and influencing the design of legislation oriented against modern day slavery. Mr. Talibart has provided formal expert evidence to the Parliaments of both the United Kingdom and Canada on draft modern slavery laws. Recently, his evidence provided to the United Kingdom parliament was quoted and cited in the recently passed Australian Modern Slavery Statute. In addition to having led some of the largest and most complex employment law projects in the world, Mr. Talibart is also a popular global lecturer on international employment law issues. He is the Co-Chair of the Employment Law Committee of the International Bar Association.
In a recent interview with CHTCS, Mr. Talibart noted that many companies are still not taking the 2015 Modern Slavery Act (MSA) obligations to publish a slavery avoidance statement on their website seriously enough. Just recently, he again provided evidence to the subcommittee of the UK Parliament looking at the impact of the MSA. “If a country just wants to pay lip service to this issue, it’s easy to pass a law that has almost no consequence but allows that country to tick the box that it has done so. That is what almost happened in the UK, and many think the current law has insufficient teeth. But if you want to help business to align against modern slavery, you have to pass moderate and proportional laws and actually enforce them. Nobody is in favor of modern slavery and business is ready for a good law that does not make it responsible for risks it cannot always control.” Mr. Talibart advised the UK government in 2015 that if it took the lead on such an issue, this would encourage other countries to follow suit. Recent history has proved him right.