Human Trafficking and Slavery Reconsidered: Conceptual Limits and States' Positive Obligations in European Law

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By reconsidering the international law definitions of human trafficking, slavery, servitude and forced labour, the book demonstrates that in embracing the human trafficking legal framework the international community side-lined the human rights commitments against slavery, servitude and forced labour that in many respects provide better protection for abused migrants. This development urgently requires a reversal and the book proposes two corrective steps. The first is placing a renewed emphasis on the human rights law concepts of slavery, servitude or forced labour, and on determining their definitional scope. The second entails a clearer understanding of states’ positive human rights obligations corresponding to the right not to be held in slavery, servitude or forced labour. By looking at the anti-trafficking legal framework and the human rights law framework side-by-side and analyzing the strength and weakness of these frameworks, the book offers innovative arguments and makes an important contribution to the anti-trafficking and human rights law scholarship. The European law, including EU law, is of key concern in the book.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Law


  • International law, Human rights, Forced labour, Human trafficking, Positive obligations, Council of Europe Trafficking Convention, Slavery, Servitude
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781316677070
ISBN (Print)9781107162280
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch

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