The legal definition of slavery into the twenty-first century

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This chapter discusses three relevant periods during the 20th century as they relate to the legal definition of slavery. The first spans from 1922 to 1956, which was the time when the legal parameters of slavery were drawn against a colonial backdrop. The second is from 1966 to 1989, which reveals the importance of the consequences of World War II to international relations and introduces the League of Nations. The third and last period is from 1989 and onwards, where the growth of an international criminal law presented a new emphasis on slavery and consideration of the 1926 definition of slavery.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Legal Understanding of Slavery
Subtitle of host publicationFrom the Historical to the Contemporary
EditorsJean Allain
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780199660469
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • legal definition
  • slavery
  • legal parameters
  • colonial backdrop
  • international relations
  • international criminal law
  • 1926 definition of slavery

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