Britain’s Influence on the Regulation of the Slave Trade in the Twentieth Century
Robert McCorquodale and Jean-Pierre Gauci (eds.), British Influences on International Law 1915-2015 (BRILL/Martinus Nijhoff, 2016)
27 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2019
Date Written: June 27, 2016
This chapter analyses how Britain shaped the current international legal regime regulating slavery during the 20th century up to the present day. It provides a brief historical account of Britain’s pioneering efforts to regulate the slave trade by means of bilateral treaties and the formulation of a right of search on the seas prior to the 20th century before focusing on Britain’s contribution to the drafting of the 1926 Slavery Convention and the 1956 Supplementary Convention at the League of Nations and the United Nations. The Chapter also addresses the reasons why Britain was at the forefront of the regulation of this area of law.
Keywords: Slave Trade; Slavery; Britain; Right of search; Right of visit
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