States’ Positive Obligations with Respect to Human Trafficking: The European Court of Human Rights Breaks New Ground in Rantsev v. Cyprus & Russia

65 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2012

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Roza Pati

St. Thomas University - School of Law

Date Written: Spring 2011

Abstract

This article analyzes the European Court of Human Rights’ landmark decision in Rantsev v. Cyprus and the consequences it might engender in the field of human trafficking. In this case, the Court expanded its previous definition of slavery - the classic paradigm of the treatment of human beings as items of property law - to also encompass any or all features attached to the right of ownership, situations of absolute control of one person over another induced through force, fear or coercion – the paradigm of human trafficking. It also puts forth a discussion of the past efforts at addressing this problem and develops recommendations based on a holistic human rights-oriented approach to state duties in the field of human trafficking.

Suggested Citation

Pati, Roza, States’ Positive Obligations with Respect to Human Trafficking: The European Court of Human Rights Breaks New Ground in Rantsev v. Cyprus & Russia (Spring 2011). Boston University International Law Journal, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2011, St. Thomas University School of Law Research Paper No. 5, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2014460

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