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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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Seeking to Understand the Definition of Slavery *

Seeking to Understand the Definition of Slavery *

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The Legal Understanding of Slavery

Robin Hickey

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Article 1 of the 1926 Slavery Convention in order to address the doubt surrounding the interpretation the provisions of slavery. It explains the guiding idea that slavery is both identified and constituted by the exercise of ‘the powers attaching to the right of ownership’. It discusses in detail the different powers and privileges that are connected to ownership, and then looks at their use in situations of slavery.

Keywords:   article 1, 1926 Slavery Convention, provisions of slavery, powers, privileges, ownership

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