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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]


David Weissbrodt

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 September 2019

Freedom from slavery or forced labour — International labour law — Rights holders — Ancient Times to 1648

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 In the 19th century a person was considered a slave if another individual exercised power or control over the slave to restrain his or her personal liberty ( Liberty, Right to, International Protection ) and to dispose of the slave’s labour against his or her will, without lawful authority (see also Forced Labour/Slave Labour ). The Slavery Convention of 1926 (‘Convention’) refined in its Art. 1 (1) the 19th century definition, designating slavery as ‘the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are...
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