Or, help IntLawGrrls put together a different list -- of the World's 7 Legal Wonders. Post a comment or e-mail us at email@example.com with your nominee. Names of persons, things, events, ideas all are fair game. And your nominee may be a "wonder" in the negative as well as the positive sense of the word.
The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Its ratification in December 1865 -- scant months after the end of the bloody Civil War that made it possible -- marked the 1st time that a country constituted itself, in its written charter, to enforce an unqualified prohibition against the enslavement of any woman, child, or man by any other. This legal recognition of a common humanity is a fountainhead for humanitarian and human rights norms. As shown in "The Thirteenth Amendment and Slavery in the Global Economy" by our colleague Tobias Barrington Wolff (to cite 1 example of excellent scholarship on this subject), my nominee for World's Legal Wonder remains relevant to this day.