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Justine Collins
Max Planck Institute for European Legal History

The plantocracy sought to turn their soon to be former slaves into what appeared as quasi serfs or villeins and henceforth the slavery system into some type of colonial serfdom with the onset of Emancipation. Worried about their property, crops and at large their continued riches, the political elite along with the planter class via the stamp of approval from Parliament attempted to stop slaves from advancing. The fallout of the post-emancipation West Indian societies ranged far wider than anticipated, when these endeavours to prolong a free labour force unravelled and ultimately failed. This presentation focuses on examining the width and depth of these ramifications post-emancipation, by tracing the legal consequences of labour schemes, transactions, movements and stratifications therein. In addition, it looks to the metropole to identify any transplants or legal borrowings in terms of those labour schemes and other social control mechanisms they developed within that period.

Final year PhD Candidate at the Max Planck Institute on Legal History. My thesis focuses on Tracing Legal Transplantation within the British West Indies. Prior to commencing my doctoral research I did a double MA degree in International Law and Global Politics between the University of Sheffield, UK and Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan.

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