The marginalization of slavery in international law
Title: The marginalization of slavery in international law
Author: MCGEEHAN, Nicholas Lawrence
Citation: Florence : European University Institute, 2013
Series/Number: EUI PhD theses; Department of Law
This thesis proposes that the creation of the norms prohibiting forced labour and trafficking in persons did not reflect lacunae in the international legal system, and that their codification into international law has created legal confusion that obstructs the achievement of the object and purpose of the original 1926 Slavery Convention: the legal abolition and suppression of slavery. It seeks to describe how these norms were introduced into international law, to explain why the international community deemed them necessary, and to examine the legacy of their codification, as legal scholars, human rights organisations, and domestic and international courts struggle to explain, for example, how forced labour is different from slavery, or how the human rights law norms prohibiting slavery, forced labour and servitude relate to the more recently codified norm prohibiting trafficking in persons.
LC Subject Heading: Slavery -- Law and legislation; Human trafficking (International law); Forced labor -- Law and legislation; Human rights; International criminal law
Defence date: 7 October 2013; Examining Board: Professor Martin Scheinin, European University Institute (EUI Supervisor) Professor Dirk Moses, European University Institute Professor James C. Hathaway, University of Michigan Professor Siobhan Mullally, University College Cork.
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