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(The Slave Trade at Sea)

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The act of conveying slaves on the high seas shall be deemed to be an act of piracy, and the public ships of the signatory States shall have the same rights in relation to vessels and persons engaged in such act as over vessels and persons engaged in piracy. Vessels and slaves captured in accordance with this article shall be brought before the courts of the country whose ship effected the capture and dealt with in accordance with its laws. The British Government noted that the procedure set out in Article 3 of the 1925 Draft Convention, required States to conclude bilateral agreements to allow for visits on the high seas to suppress the slave trade, something which Great Britain considered to be "evidently a more cumbersome and to that extent a less desirable procedure than the conclusion of a general agreement between high contracting parties to that end".

Keywords: 1925 Draft Convention; high seas; piracy; public ships



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