WP3 – Law, regulations, practices and social connections

Workpackage leader :

Dominique Rogers

Université Antilles Guyane

Centre International de Recherches sur les Esclavages

The objectives of this workpackage are :

– to collect and analyse the formal and official juridical framework of the European countries and their colonies in relation to slavery ;
– to apprehend the efficiency (or inefficiency) of its local application from the XVth to the XIXth centuries.

This Workpackage will show that if law has long been perceived as the privileged place of the expression of colonial domination, it contributed to building a common European history and European identity and sense of citizenship. To explore this, it is necessary to take into account the role of all the actors, metropolitan and colonial, in order to understand how legal texts were elaborated and applied in colonial societies. The processes of negotiation and agency are especially of major importance in slave societies. On the one hand, one  will have to analyse the constitution of the formal and official legal frames of the European metropolises and of their colonies, in relation to the slave trade and slavery, and on the other hand, to explore how (in) efficiently they were applied in those areas from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century.

Researchers involved in this workpackage :

Myriam COTTIAS
Annie FITTE-DUVAL
Jean HEBRARD
Issiaka MANDÉ
Abderahmane N’GAIDE
Jean-François NIORT
Jeremy RICHARD
Dominique ROGERS
Céline RONSSERAY
Ibrahima SECK
Gunvor SIMONSEN
Ibrahima THIOUB
Cécile VIDAL

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