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This introductory chapter discusses about the Slavery Convention. For the Yugoslav Tribunal, "Article 1(1) of the 1926 Slavery Convention speaks more guardedly 'of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised.' The Slavery Convention signed at Geneva, September 25, 1926 and the 1956 Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery provides a snapshot of two very different worlds. Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, the British Delegate to the League of Nations played an instrumental role in bringing about the 1926 Slavery Convention. The final provisions of the 1926 Convention, which deal with dispute settlement (Article 8), reservations (Article 9), denunciation (Article 10), accession (Article 11), and entry into force (Article 12) are instructive.

Keywords: 1926 Slavery Convention; accession; denunciation; dispute settlement; Geneva; reservations; Viscount Cecil



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