Fiona is a lawyer and criminologist, focused on finding humane, practical solutions to migrant smuggling and human trafficking.

With Dr Anne T Gallagher, Fiona is the co-author of The International Law of Migrant Smuggling, Cambridge University Press.

Endorsements for this book include the following:

“I am confident that this book will make a substantial contribution to advancing constructive dialogue on this difficult, controversial issue.”

William L. Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration.

“Through a particularly thorough analysis of the available international legal sources, Anne Gallagher and Fiona David create a detailed portrait of the irregular migrant as a rights-holder. This volume will be a valuable guide for years to come.”

François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and Professor of Public International Law, McGill University.


As Executive Director of Global Research at the Walk Free Foundation, Fiona leads the Foundation’s research on modern slavery in 167 countries. This includes survey and other field research for the Global Slavery Index, a research product endorsed by Hilary Clinton, Muhammad Yunus and Bill Gates (watch the video here).

Fiona is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Nottingham.

Fiona was one of four experts globally, chosen to peer review the International Labour Organisation estimate of forced labour in 2012.

Fields of expertise:

  • Modern slavery
  • Migrant smuggling
  • Slavery and supply chains
  • Human rights
  • Transnational crime

Countries worked in: Australia, Austria, Djibouti, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Libya, Philippines, Tanzania, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam.

 Migrant Smuggling in Asia cover photo
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