The origins of human rights tribunals: the Anglo-Dutch mixed commission Court for the abolition of the slave trade (1818-1845)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesTalk or presentation (not at a conference)Academic


In 1818 the English and Dutch government signed a treaty to stop the transatlantic slave trade. Similar agreements were made between the English and the Portuguese, Spanish, Brazilian and several other South-American governments. On reciprocity, the navy of both countries could inspect vessels on slaves and equipment necessary to transport slaves. When there was a violation of the treaty, the case was handed to one of the two mixed Anglo-Dutch commission Courts in Paramaribo (Surinam) or Freetown (Sierra Leone). These mixed commission Courts are an essential link between 17th century transnational mercantile arbitration and the international penal court of the 21st century, a development from networks initiated by states to a supra-national safeguarding of human rights.
Period8 Mar 2018
Event title„Werte sichern, ermöglichen, beschützen”: Recht – Staat – Geschichte. Zlinszky Seminar
Event typeSeminar
LocationBudapest, HungaryShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational