No One shall be Held in Slavery or Servitude

Kevin Bales

in Understanding Global Slavery

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780520245068
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932074 | DOI:
No One shall be Held in Slavery or Servitude

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Today a renewed interest in slavery is highlighting the discrepancy and confusion of the many definitions of slavery used by international bodies, national governments, and scholars. This chapter traces the development of slavery definitions in international agreements from 1815 to the present, to show how the concept of slavery has become increasingly confused. The aim is to generate a more dynamic and universal definition of contemporary slavery from theoretical models and substantive examples. The chapter examines, in relationship to this definition, the practices defined as slavery in order to separate slavery from other similar human rights abuses. A clearer definition of contemporary slavery will allow for more effective study of and legislation against it. A first step is to review definitions of slavery found in international law.

Keywords: definitions of slavery; international agreement; international law

Chapter.  11676 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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