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The move toward establishing an international instrument meant to suppress slavery and the slave trade has its genesis in an attempt in the early 1920s to focus on issues of slavery in Ethiopia, a non-Member of the League of Nations. The Draft Convention which Viscount Cecil would lay before the Assembly was one which had its genesis in the pen of the British member of the Temporary Slavery Commission, Sir Frederick Lugard. Lugard was one of the leading experts of the day on issues of slavery and "considered the suppression of slave raiding and trading to be 'the essential work' of his life". The 1925 Draft Convention was sustained and found the light of day through its incorporation into the 1926 Convention to Suppress the Slave Trade and Slavery.

Keywords: slave trade; slavery; Temporary Slavery Commission; Viscount Cecil



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