Under Color of Law: Siliadin v France and the Dynamics of Enslavement in Historical Perspective
The Legal Understanding of Slavery: From the Historical to the Contemporary. Allain, J., Ed. Oxford University Press, 2012
16 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2013
Date Written: September 2012
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When is it appropriate to apply the term "slavery" -- a concept that appears to rest on a property right -- to patterns of exploitation in contemporary society, when no state extends formal recognition to the possibility of the ownership of property in a human being? Historians, who generally position themselves as enemies of anachronism, may be particularly resistant to the use of an ancient term to describe a twenty-first century reality. And jurists have often been understandably reluctant to employ a word whose historical meaning was so closely tied to a specific property relationship that has long since been abolished in Europe and the Americas.
Keywords: contemporary slavery, powers attaching to the right of ownership, France, Saint-Domingue, European Court of Human Rights, Siliadin v. France
JEL Classification: D63, N10
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