The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law hosts “Routes to Freedom: Reflections on the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade,” Ottawa, Ont., March 14–16, 2008. This conference focuses on the historical realities of the transatlantic slave trade and celebrates the accomplishments of African peoples. It also aims to heighten awareness of current conditions.
In this first session on March 14th, panellists examine historical perspectives on the abolition of the slave trade. The panellists are Hakim Adi (research professor in the Middlesex University School of Arts), Jewel Amoah (PhD candidate in the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law), Paul Finkelman (president William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School), Boulou Ebanda de B’béri (Department of Communications at the University of Ottawa), and Gwen Robinson (Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society).
After speeches, panellists field questions from audience members.