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Professor of Global Politics and Anti-Slavery, University of Nottingham

James Cockayne is Professor of Global Politics and Anti-Slavery at the University of Nottingham. He is a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Futures Council for the New Agenda on Equity and Social Justice, founder of Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (, and chaired the US Council on Foreign Relations Study Group on Trafficking in Persons. His books include Developing Freedom: The Sustainable Development Case for Fighting Modern Slavery (UNU, 2021) and Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organized Crime (OUP, 2016).


  • 2014–present
    Associate fellow, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
  • 2020–present
    Professor, School of Politics and Internationsl Relations, University of Nottingham
  • 2018–2020
    Director, United Nations University Centre for Policy Research
  • 2013–2018
    Head of Office at the United Nations, United Nations University
  • 2010–2012
    Co-Director, Centre for Global Counterterrorism Cooperation
  • 2012–2012
    Visiting professor, Columbia University
  • 2006–2010
    Senior fellow, International Peace Institute
  • 2002–2003
    Principal Legal Officer, Transnational Crime Unit, Australian Attorney-General's Department


  • 2015 
    King's College London, Ph.D. / War Studies
  • 2005 
    New York University School of Law, LL.M. (International Legal Studies)
  • 2002 
    University of Sydney, LL.B. (Hons.)