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ABA ROLI Launches Human Trafficking Course in the Russian Far East

ABA ROLI staff and university faculty are collaboratively teaching the new human trafficking course.

March 2009 

On February 24, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s (ABA ROLI’s) Russian Far East Program launched its newly-developed sex trafficking curriculum at the Far Eastern State Technical University—one of the leading law schools in Vladivostok, Russia. With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, ABA ROLI Vladivostok staff members and university faculty are collaboratively teaching the course. A total of 26 students are enrolled in the course.

The curriculum was designed to assist law professors in introducing the legal aspects of human trafficking to law students. It also has the long-term goal of strengthening the enforcement and implementation of Russia’s anti-human trafficking laws.

The curriculum consists of 16 class sessions on international legal instruments and includes audio-visual materials, required readings, case studies, teaching outlines and evaluations. It is designed to provide future legal professionals with a better understanding of human trafficking from a human rights perspective. The course describes the Russian response to international standards and addresses human trafficking in comparison with other crimes, including smuggling and prostitution. Major course topics include: Dynamics and Psychology of Trafficking; Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation; and International, Regional and Domestic Laws on Human Trafficking.


To learn more about our work in Russia, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at <>.