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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Slavery

David Weissbrodt

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 October 2020

Subject(s):
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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