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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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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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The Legal Understanding of Slavery
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Jean Allain

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660469.003.0001

This introductory chapter addresses the question: What is slavery? It first examines the 1926 definition of slavery, which is shown to have modern relevance through several international judgments. It then identifies the characteristics of the different powers connected to the ‘right of ownership’, including the permanence of the servile status. The rest of the chapter reviews several publications that provide additional information on slavery, such as The Bellagio-Harvard Guidelines on the Legal Parameters of Slavery.

Keywords:   slavery, 1926 definition, right of ownership, servile status

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