The Yale Law Journal Pocket Part: Antislavery Courts

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This week, the Yale Law Journal Pocket Part published a companion issue to Professor Martinez’ Article, Antislavery Courts and the Dawn of International Human Rights Law. The Article discusses the complex history of international courts involved in the suppression of the transatlantic slave trade in the nineteenth century.

In this Pocket Part issue, Professor Martinez shares with readers digital images of some of the original court archives. Most of the courts’ decisions and a substantial part of the correspondence between the judges and the British government are summarized in the published British Parliamentary Papers. But the original, handwritten court records are housed at the United Kingdom National Archives outside London. These handwritten records give a more human sense of the courts’ operations, and their impact on individual lives.

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