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Grotius, Hugo. (1583-1645)

 

Grotius, Hugo. (1583-1645)

 

Hugonis Grotii De Jure Belli ac Pacis Libri Tres: In Quibus Jus Naturae & Gentium, Item Juris Publici Praecipua Explicantur. Amstelodami: Sumptibus Abrahami à Someren, 1689.

There has been much debate over whether Grotius can be considered the founder of international law. While he was not the first writer in the field, his great influence is undisputed. His masterpiece, De Jure Belli ac Pacis, was written "to create a theoretical foundation for a law of war and to set down a body of substantive rules for the guidance of nations and individuals."v "Grotius' principle of an immutable law, which God can no more alter than a mathematical axiom, was the first expression of the 'droit naturel', the natural law which exercised the great political theorists of the eighteenth century, and is the foundation of modern international law." vi

Translation of title: On the Law of War and Peace
First published: 1625
Other Latin editions in the Riesenfeld Research Center:

Hvgonis Grotii De Ivre Belli ac Pacis Libri Tres, 1642
Hvgonis Grotii De Ivre Belli ac Pacis Libri Tres, 1651
Hugonis Grotii De Jure Belli ac Pacis Libri Tres, 1680
Hugonis Grotii De Jure Belli ac Pacis Libri Tres, 1720
Other Latin editions in the Law Library's general collection:
Hugonis Grotii De Jure Belli et Pacis Libri Tres, 1853 (includes abridged English
translation)
Hugonis Grotii De Jure Belli ac Pacis Libri Tres, 1913 (includes English
translation)
De Iure Belli ac Pacis, 1948 (an extract)


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