The Tubman Institute, in collaboration with the Institute of Comparative Law and the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law at McGill University, is pleased to present this seminar series, Slavery old and new: Labour exploitation through the ages and around the globe. This joint research initiative examines the legal conceptualization of labour exploitation. Through an interdisciplinary, transnational and historical methodology, this project will draw on a variety of disciplines, spaces in time, and places around the world, to explore law’s understanding of “labour exploitation” and its relationship to society and practices.
Professor Annie Bunting of the Harriet Tubman Institute, along with the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery & Emancipation at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, organized this conference on “Modern Slavery, Human Rights and Development” that took place at York’s Keele campus from June 26 to 28, 2011. The conference was made possible with the support of the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Enslavement, slaveholders, international law, wartime abuses and forced marriage were just some of the areas speakers from Canada, the US and the UK discussed during the conference.