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Colonialism, Slavery, Reparations and Trade: Remedying the 'Past'?

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Reparations to Africa by Dr. Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann discusses the question of what, if anything, the West owes Africa as reparation for the slave trade and colonialism. The author interviewed 74 African ambassadors, academics and human rights activists from 28 African countries as part of her study.
As well, Howard-Hassmann has created a central on-line database of political apologies and reparation which is publicly accessible.

The Decolonisation of International Law, prize-winning book by Professor Matthew Craven, SOAS. Why have attempts to codify the practice of succession met with so little success? Why has succession remained so problematic a feature of international law? This book argues that the answers to these questions lie in the political backdrop of decolonization and self-determination, and that the tensions and ambiguities that run throughout the law of succession can only be understood by looking at the historical relationship between discourses on state succession, decolonization, and imperialism within the framework of international law.

'Slaves and slavery, 1807-2007: the past in the present', article by Marika Sherwood. After Abolition, by the same author, "a provocative book, written with anger and passion. People will argue furiously over it, which is all the more reason to read it." --BBC History Magazine.

The Passionate Advocate by Lord Anthony Gifford QC. In the final chapters the author draws on his experience of living in both the white world and the black world, in presenting a plea for reparation to be made for the damage still suffered by Africans and their descendants as a result of the transatlantic slave trade.
Lord Gifford will unfortunately be unable to attend the conference but has kindly made available relevant extracts from this book for the benefit of delegates.

Is there an international obligation to trade fairly within international law? Can the Fair Trade movement deliver the duty?' by Janet Dine and Kirsteen Shields,
to appear in The Future of Corporate Social Responsibility: Perspectives from Law and Regulatory Theory (Boeger, Murray, Villiers eds., Elgar publications, 2008).


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