Open Seminar: Vice and International Law in the Early 20th Century

Law & the Social Seminar Series

Jackson Oldfield

PhD Researcher | University of Amsterdam | Faculty of Law |Amsterdam Centre for International Law

  • Date: 27 February 2020
  • Time: 10:15 – 12:00
  • Venue: Styrelserummet at Faculty of Law | Lund University
  • Discussant : Dr. Markus Gunneflo
  • NB: If you wish to attend the seminar please send an email to amin.parsa [at] in order to receive the draft article for this seminar

This event is organised in collaboration with Transnational Law and Politics Research Group

In this seminar Jackson Oldfield will provide a history of the criminalisation of smuggling by critically examining the legacies of pre-WWI treaties combating vice and immorality; treaties on traffics in “white slavery”, obscene materials and opium and other narcotics. Oldfield will explore the histories of these treaties in discussions around race, class and social purity and during the seminar reflect on how this history still has relevance today.

Jackson Oldfield joined the Amsterdam Centre for International Law (ACIL) in 2017, as part of the Law and Justice Across Borders Research Priority Area. His PhD research looks at the development of people smuggling as a crime in international law, its relationship to earlier prohibitions on the smuggling of goods and the impact this has on the way people smuggling is approached in law.
Jackson is a graduate of Lund University, Sweden and Cardiff University, U.K., where he undertook a LLM in International Human Rights Law and International Labour Rights and a LLB in Law respectively. After obtaining his LLM, Jackson worked in a range of research and research coordination positions in human rights and anti-corruption civil society organisations, looking at topics from corruption to business and human rights and democracy in Europe.

This is an open event /// No registration is required