Category Archives: Slavery

Judith Kelleher Schafer (1942-2014)

Legal history and the study of the history of slavery have suffered a significant loss with the death on 16 December of Judith Kelleher Schafer at, by modern standards, a relatively early age. A graduate of Sophie Newcomb College and Tulane … Continue reading

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Studies in Global Slavery

Readers of this Blog are aware of its interest in slavery. The topic is both contemporary and very much in the news, as the tragedy of people trafficking is promoted by so much of the political and social disruption caused … Continue reading

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Rare Books of Scottish Provenance: Los Angeles County Law Library Sale

On 5 March 2014, Bonham’s in London auctioned some rare books, the property of the Los Angeles Law Library. A number of these had a Scottish association or provenance that illuminates aspects of Scottish Legal History. The first worth noting, … Continue reading

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Slavery Bill & Bellagio-Harvard Guidelines on the Legal Parameters of Slavery

This blog has a distinct and definite interest in slavery, particularly historical. Regular readers will be aware of this. Today, 8th April 2014, the new draft Slavery Bill of a joint committee of the Houses of Commons and Lords was published. … Continue reading

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New Files on Slavery

Some months ago it was revealed that a very substantial tranche of foreign office files was held outwith the National Archive at Kew; instead it had been “hoarded” in a repository in Buckinghamshire. Of course, under legislation, unless these files had been … Continue reading

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Slavery, Louisiana, and Codification

This blog has an obvious interest in both slavery and law and the law of Louisiana. Both of these topics come together with the publication of Through the Codes Darkly: Slave Law and Civil Law in Louisiana, Lawbook Exchange, Clark … Continue reading

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Netherlands, Slavery and the Treaty of Utrecht

Slavery was abolished in the Dutch Colonies in 1863, making next year the 150th anniversary. Readers will be aware of this Blog's interest in slavery, so it is worth noting the following conference organised in Utrecht. It is also worth … Continue reading

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Interpreting Slavery

The recent conviction of two Scots for trafficking vulnerable individuals as male and female prostitutes, and the extraordinary Bedfordshire case where, allegedly, some men were held an against their will – for up to fifteen years – and forced to work … Continue reading

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Scottish Chief Justice of Jamaica (18th Century) and his Court Reports

The Blog has a strong interest in slavery, particularly in individuals held as enslaved in Scotland in the eighteenth century. Many Scots went to Jamaica and acquired land; others went as professionals and craftsmen. The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh owned … Continue reading

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