The Slavery Conventions

The Travaux Préparatoires of the 1926 League of Nations Convention and the 1956 United Nations Convention


Slavery has taken on added significance in the twenty-first century as a result of its inclusion in the Statute of the International Criminal Court and it being a component part of the 2001 UN and 2005 Council of Europe conventions against trafficking. With limited and conflicting case-law on the issue, the compiling of the Travaux Préparatoires of the 1926 League of Nations and the 1956 United Nations conventions become essential in seeking to holding States or individuals responsible for violations of international law touching on slavery. The Travaux Préparatoires of the slavery conventions provide insights into the definitions of slavery, the slave trade, and various types of servile statuses while revealing information regarding the various obligations that States have undertaken to suppress the various manifestations of human exploitation.
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Biographical Note

Jean Allain, PhD (2000) in International Law, University of Geneva (IUHEI), is co-Editor of the Irish Yearbook of International Law and author of A Century of International Adjudication (2000) and International Law in the Middle East (2004).

Review Quote

"I commend Allain's work highly on this subject and in turn recommend this text as an addition/acquisition to any human rights library or collection of works pertaining to this very important subject. Any human rights enthusiast will appreciate its worth on perusal.", Michael Simon, May 2009, Human Rights Book Review

Table of contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; The Slavery Conventions; 1926 League of Nations Slavery Convention; 1953 Protocol Amending the 1926 Slavery Convention; 1956 United Nations Supplementary Convention; Appendices; Index.


Interest to those working in public international law, specifically human rights, women's issues, trafficking. Also of interest to academic libraries, historians, and practitioners of international criminal law and human rights law.