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The Slave Trade and the Origins of International Human Rights Law$
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Jenny S. Martinez

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195391626

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195391626.001.0001

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The Courts of Mixed Commission for the Abolition of the Slave Trade

The Courts of Mixed Commission for the Abolition of the Slave Trade

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(p.67) Chapter 4 The Courts of Mixed Commission for the Abolition of the Slave Trade
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The Slave Trade and the Origins of International Human Rights Law
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Jenny S. Martinez

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195391626.003.0004

This chapter examines different courts of mixed commissions for the abolition of the slave trade. The first section examines how different slave trade tribunals operated, noting that the suppression of the slave trade was an issue in British relations with almost every country and often provided a source of diplomatic tension. The second section assesses the impact and limitations of the courts created by the Anglo-Spanish, Anglo-Portuguese, and Anglo-Dutch treaties which began operations in 1819. Of the courts created by the treaties, the courts at Sierra Leone were by far the most active, hearing more than 500 cases in all. During their peak years of operation between 1830s and 1840s, one out of every five vessels known to engage in the transatlantic trade was brought for trial in the courts of mixed commission.

Keywords:   slave trade tribunals, British relations, Anglo-Dutch treaties, Anglo-Spanish treaties, Anglo-Portuguese treaties, Sierra Leone, transatlantic trade

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