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From Consensus to Consensus: Slavery in International Law

Seymour Drescher

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/9780199660469.003.0006
From Consensus to Consensus: Slavery in International Law

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This chapter takes a look at the main roles the slave trade and slavery have played in the formation and transformation of international law. It notes that slavery was once considered as a consensual institution of the law of nations, but it eventually changed over the years. It then reviews the changes that occurred in terms of slavery for over two centuries, where it turned from an internationally sanctioned institution to an internationally delegitimized crime against humanity. This chapter also discusses antislavery and the extinction of slavery.

Keywords: international law; consensual institution; law of nations; slavery; slave trade; crime against humanity; antislavery; extinction of slavery

Chapter.  9489 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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