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The Slave Trade, Abolition and the Long History of International Criminal Law : the recaptive and the victim

Haslam, Emily (2019) The Slave Trade, Abolition and the Long History of International Criminal Law : the recaptive and the victim. Routledge, London, 146 pp. ISBN 978-1-138-34889-9. E-ISBN 978-0-429-43648-2. (doi:10.4324/9780429436482) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:79157)

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Abstract

Modern international criminal law typically traces its origins to the twentieth-century Nuremberg and Tokyo trials, excluding the slave trade and abolition. Yet, as this book shows, the slave trade and abolition resound in international criminal law in multiple ways. Its central focus lies in a close examination of the often-controversial litigation, in the first part of the nineteenth century, arising from British efforts to capture slave ships, much of it before Mixed Commissions. With archival-based research into this litigation, it explores the legal construction of so-called ‘recaptives’ (slaves found on board captured slave ships). The book argues that, notwithstanding its promise of freedom, the law actually constructed recaptives restrictively. In particular, it focused on questions of intervention rather than recaptives’ rights. At the same time it shows how a critical reading of the archive reveals that recaptives contributed to litigation in important, but hitherto largely unrecognized, ways. The book is, however, not simply a contribution to the history of international law. Efforts to deliver justice through international criminal law continue to face considerable challenges and raise testing questions about the construction – and alternative construction – of victims.

Item Type: Book
DOI/Identification number: 10.4324/9780429436482
Uncontrolled keywords: slave trade, abolition, recaptives
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sian Robertson
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2019 09:44 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79157 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Haslam, Emily: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8125-2466
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