Modern slavery – a term that encompasses forced labour and child labour – can exist in any stage of a supply chain, from material extraction to manufacturing to shipping. To combat this serious issue, Canada recently passed the Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act. It follows similar moves in Australia, the UK and California.

But in a new investigative research project, Gayathri Krishna, Judy Fudge and Kaitlyn Matulewicz cast doubt on the ability of such laws to effectively address modern slavery in supply chains. Here, they share their findings on sportswear company Lululemon’s efforts to address potential labour abuse in its supply chain.

They write: “If Canada is to truly eradicate force labour in global supply chains, it needs mandatory due diligence legislation that involves supply chain workers at every stage of the process.”

And with Donald Trump, the former US President, due in court today to answer charges that include conspiracy to defraud the country, read our content from experts around the world on this pivotal moment for American democracy.

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Former President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally on July 29 in Erie, Pa., a few days before he was indicted on charges he worked to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

America is on the brink of another civil war, this one fuelled by Donald Trump

Jason Opal, McGill University

American history can partly explain why some Americans have come to believe only Donald Trump has their interests at heart, and will vote for him — and fight for him — despite his indictments.

Helen Mirren playing Caesonia in Tinto Brass’ 1979 historical drama film, Caligula .

Did the Romans and Greeks really enjoy orgies?

Christian-Georges Schwentzel, Université de Lorraine

Following a number of films featuring debauched emperors, it is nowadays commonplace to associate the Greek-Roman antiquity with orgies. But is this historically accurate?

Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA/AAP

Olympic swimming in the Seine highlights efforts to clean up city rivers worldwide

Gary Osmond, The University of Queensland; Rebecca Olive, RMIT University

The Seine will be used for Olympic events in 2024 and remain open for public swimming, ending a century-long ban. It’s part of a global movement to make city rivers healthy and swimmable again.

Meg 2: the truth about the extinct mega shark – and why even this ridiculous film could inspire future palaeontologists

Jack Cooper, Swansea University

A paleobiologist on why he appreciates the franchise despite its inaccuracies.