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(p. 279) 7. Article 4: Freedom from Slavery, Servitude, or Forced or Compulsory Labour 

(p. 279) 7. Article 4: Freedom from Slavery, Servitude, or Forced or Compulsory Labour
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(p. 279) 7. Article 4: Freedom from Slavery, Servitude, or Forced or Compulsory Labour
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David Harris

, Michael O’Boyle

, Ed Bates

, and Carla Buckley

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780199606399.003.0007
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date: 19 September 2019

This chapter discusses Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Article 4 ‘enshrines one of the fundamental values of democratic societies’. While it has generated very little case law, the Court has extended the scope of Article 4 to cover ‘domestic slavery’ and human trafficking respectively. In particular, states have positive obligations to act against conduct by private employers or persons involved in trafficking.

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