Chapter

Introduction

Jean Allain

in The Legal Understanding of Slavery

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660469
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745508 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660469.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter addresses the question: What is slavery? It first examines the 1926 definition of slavery, which is shown to have modern relevance through several international judgments. It then identifies the characteristics of the different powers connected to the ‘right of ownership’, including the permanence of the servile status. The rest of the chapter reviews several publications that provide additional information on slavery, such as The Bellagio-Harvard Guidelines on the Legal Parameters of Slavery.

Keywords: slavery; 1926 definition; right of ownership; servile status

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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