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The Slave Trade and the Origins of International Human Rights Law

Jenny S. Martinez


There is a broad consensus among scholars that the idea of human rights was a product of the Enlightenment but that a self-conscious and broad-based human rights movement focused on international law only began after World War II. In this book, the nineteenth century's absence is conspicuous—few have considered that era seriously, much less written books on it. But as this author shows, the foundation of the movement that we know today was a product of one of the nineteenth century's central moral causes: the movement to ban the international slave trade. Originating in England in the late eig ... More

Keywords: human rights law, international law, international slave trade, abolitionism, admiralty court, international court, West African, slave plantation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195391626
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195391626.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jenny S. Martinez, author
Professor of Law, Stanford Law School