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Menon, Parvathi (2020) 'Edmund Burke and the Ambivalence of Protection for Slaves: Between Humanity and Control.' Journal of the History of International Law, 22 (2-3). pp. 246-268.

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This article focuses on the period between 1812 and 1834, when the British Empire introduced protection measures to mitigate the suffering of slaves from planter brutality, but also to protect planters from slave rebellion. By examining the impact and influences wielded by Edmund Burke’s Sketch of a Negro Code (1780), this article studies protection as an alliance between the abolitionists and planters who, despite contestations, found in Burke’s Code a means to attain their separate ends. Through the workings of the Office of the Protector, instituted by the imperial authorities in the slave colony of Trinidad, this study examines how it granted slaves the humanity of ‘rights’ against their masters, while also protecting the right to property (in slaves) of the planters. I argue that the paternalistic practice of protection was, as is in the present, at the center of the exploitation of subjugated groups.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: International Law; Slavery; History; Edmund Burke; Amelioration; Protection
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Subjects: K Law
ISSN: 15718050
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2024 08:36
Related URLs: https://brill.c ... icle-p246_4.xml (Publisher URL)
Funders: Other

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