oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - The role of the Vice Admiralty Court at St Helena in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade : a preliminary investigation (part 2)

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



Generally speaking, the process of the abolition of slavery practically involved three main steps and three main players: that of capture, by the Royal Navy; that of adjudication, here by the St Helena Vice-Admiralty Court; and that of the liberation, care and repatriation of any slaves involved, by a humanitarian agency. From the cases coming before the St Helena Vice-Admiralty Court, some of which will be discussed in more detail shortly, it is possible to determine various scenarios within this broad process.

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