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 second session on March 14th, panellists examine the legal constraints in the abolition of the slave trade. The panellists are Constance Backhouse (professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa), Daphne Gilbert (professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa), Deirdre Rowe Brown (PhD candidate in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto), David Gilles (professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa), and Rosalia de la Cruz Gitau (Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the NYU School of Law).
After speeches, panellists field questions from audience members.