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Article 1 provides the definition of slavery and the slave trade. This chapter examines the evolution of the term 'slave trade' in the preparatory works. Slavery is the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised. One further item in regard to the definition of 'slavery' as developed by the League of Nations might be mentioned. In his Report to the Assembly of the League of Nations in 1926 Viscount Cecil sought, through the backdoor, to voice the Sixth Committee's understanding of a wider the definition of slavery. The slave trade consists in the capture or purchase of persons with the object of selling or bartering them as slaves; the sale of persons acquired for this purpose by capture, purchase or barter, together with the transport operation involved by this traffic.

Keywords: Article 1; slave trade; slavery; Viscount Cecil



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