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The Legal Understanding of SlaveryFrom the Historical to the Contemporary$
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Jean Allain

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199660469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660469.001.0001

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The Legal Definition of Slavery into the Twenty-First Century

The Legal Definition of Slavery into the Twenty-First Century

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The Legal Understanding of Slavery

Jean Allain

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses three relevant periods during the 20th century as they relate to the legal definition of slavery. The first spans from 1922 to 1956, which was the time when the legal parameters of slavery were drawn against a colonial backdrop. The second is from 1966 to 1989, which reveals the importance of the consequences of World War II to international relations and introduces the League of Nations. The third and last period is from 1989 and onwards, where the growth of an international criminal law presented a new emphasis on slavery and consideration of the 1926 definition of slavery.

Keywords:   legal definition, slavery, legal parameters, colonial backdrop, international relations, League of Nations, international criminal law, 1926 definition of slavery

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