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The Slave Trade, Abolition and the Long History of International Criminal Law: The Recaptive and the Victim

The Slave Trade, Abolition and the Long History of International Criminal Law: The Recaptive and the Victim (Hardback)

By Haslam, Emily

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Modern international criminal law typically traces its origins to the 20th 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. By inscribing the recaptive in international criminal legal history, the book offers an original contribution to these contentious issues and a reflection on critical international criminal legal history writing and its accompanying methodological and political choices.
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ISBN 9781138348899
Released NZ 15 Dec 2019
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781138348899
Stock Available
Status Pre-order title, release date has been delayed
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Released 15 Dec 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Haslam, Emily
Category History
Crime & Criminology
International Law
International Human Rights Law
International Criminal Law
Criminal Law
Number of Pages 146
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 345/.02551
Weight 445g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Slavery - Law and legislation - History - 19th century, International criminal law, Antislavery movements - History - 19th century, Slave trade - History - 19th century, Antislavery movements
NBS Text International Law: Professional
ONIX Text College/higher education