Throughout history, slavery (the purchase and sale of human beings as chattel), enslavement (through conquest, and exploitation of indebtedness, among other vulnerabilities), and similar extreme forms of exploitation and control have been an intrinsic part of human societies.
Is slavery an inevitable part of the human condition?
Controversial estimates indicate that up to 35 million people worldwide are enslaved today. This modern re-emergence of slavery, following legal abolition over two hundred years ago, is said to be linked to the deepening interconnectedness of countries in the global economy, overpopulation, and the economic and other vulnerabilities of the individual victims and communities.
The conference, organized by Karen E. Bravo, Professor of Law at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, will explore slavery in all its dimensions and, in particular, the ways in which individual humans and societies understand and attempt to respond to it. Karen Bravo
Indiana University Europe Gateway
CIEE Global Institute
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