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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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From Consensus to Consensus: Slavery in International Law

From Consensus to Consensus: Slavery in International Law

(p.85) 5 From Consensus to Consensus: Slavery in International Law
The Legal Understanding of Slavery

Seymour Drescher

Oxford University Press

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

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