International Conference

Legal Structures and Localised Practices of Slavery, from the Fourteenth to the Nineteenth Century
(Europe – Africa – Americas)

April 13 – 15th 2010

Cheik Anta Diop University - Dakar (Senegal)


International conference, organised by the EURESCL project (Slave Trade, Slavery, Abolitions and their Legacies in European Histories and Identities) , and the "Pôle d'Excellence Régional sur les Esclavages et les Traites of Cheik Anta Diop University.


This  conference aims to contribute to the identification, evaluation and comparison of the legal texts produced by slave-owning powers and societies within and outside Europe, as well as the practices that developed out of these texts. In effect, specific local practices influenced by local regulations; jurisprudence; and common judiciary and administrative practice existed alongside, or sometimes even in contradiction with, the national legal texts that developed out of the colonial context. For example, although Martinique, Guadeloupe and the French part of Saint Domingue were all subject to the same edict of March 1685 they saw different practical applications, or non-applications, of the law.