Colonialism, Slavery, Reparations and Trade
Remedying the 'Past'?
Edited by Fernne Brennan, John Packer
Routledge – 2013 – 272 pages
Colonialism, Slavery, Reparations and Trade: Remedying the ‘Past’? Addresses how reparations might be obtained for the legacy of the Trans Atlantic slave trade. This collection lends weight to the argument that liability is not extinguished on the death of the plaintiffs or perpetrators. Arguing that the impact of the slave trade is continuing and therefore contemporary, it maintains that this trans-generational debt remains, and must be addressed. Bringing together leading scholars, practitioners, diplomats, and activists, Colonialism, Slavery, Reparations and Trade provides a powerful and challenging exploration of the variety of available – legal, relief-type, economic-based and multi-level – strategies, and apparent barriers, to achieving reparations for slavery.
Part I Economic-Based Reparations: History and Future: Chapter 1; International Legal Responsibility & Reparations for Transatlantic Slavery, Nora Wittmann; Chapter 2: The trade in enslaved Africans and slavery after 1807, Marika Sherwood; Chapter 3: Learning lessons from history? The International Legal Framework for Combating Modern Slavery, Steve Peers; Chapter 4: Reparations: The Universal Periodic Review and the Right to Development, Rohan Kariyawasam; Part II Reparations as a Legal Strategy; Chapter 5: Formulating the Case for Reparations, Lord Anthony Gifford ; Chapter 6: Litigation And Political Action To Address Historic Injustices In The United States: Problems And Prospects, Dinah Shelton; Chapter 7: Two Hundred Years After The Abolition Of The Transatlantic Slave Trade, Could There Be A Juridical Basis For The Call For Reparations, Kwesi Quartey; Chapter 8: Restitution After Slavery, Kate Bracegirdle; Chapter 9: Judge, Jurisprudence and Slavery in England 1729-1807, Sheila Dziobon; Part III Pluralism: Strategies for Reparations; Chapter 10: Slave Trade Reparations, Institutional Racism and the Law, Fernne Brennan, Chapter 11: The Value of Experience: What Post World War 2 Settlements Teach us About Reparations, Clemens Nathan; Chapter 12: An Interview with Clemens Nathan, Chris Burnett; Chapter 13: Reparations For Slavery And The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: The Case For Special Measures, Marcus Goffe
Fernne Brennan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Essex. Her research focuses on reparations, discrimination law, human rights and criminal law. Her previous publications in the field include 'Race, Rights Reparations: Exploring a Reparations Framework for Addressing Trade Inequality’ in Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy (2008),and Capitalism and Human Rights (Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2006)
John Packer is Professor in the School of Law and Director of the Human Rights Centre. Prior to this, he was Coordinator of the global Initiative on Quiet Diplomacy and served as a consultant to several international organisations, governments and NGOs. He has been a Director of the Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, where he was previously Senior Legal Adviser, and he was a Human Rights Officer at the United Nations where he investigated serious violations. He is a member of a number of editorial boards of scholarly journals, and is an internationally recognised expert in the field of minority rights and conflict prevention