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Vattel, Emer de. (1714-1767)

 

 Vattel, Emer de. (1714-1767)

 

The Law of Nations: or, Principles of the Law of Nature. London: printed for J. Newbery ... [and 8 others], 1759-1760.

This is an English translation of the French Le Droit des Gens: ou, Principes de la Loi Naturelle, which first appeared two years earlier. Vattel's intention was to bring Wolff's ideas to a wider audience; however, some critics believe Vattel's own ideas on international law are more sophisticated than Wolff's. Nussbaum, for example, praises Vattel's discussion of the law of neutrality as superior, and adds that,"Vattel's attitude is more humanitarian, more cosmopolitan, and ... even democratic."x

First published: 1758
Other editions in the Riesenfeld Research Center:

Le Droit des Gens, ou, Principes de la Loi Naturelle, 1758
Le Droit des Gens, ou Principes de la Loi Naturelle, 1773
Le Droit des Gens, ou, Principes de la Loi Naturelle, 1775
The Law of Nations, or, Principles of the Law of Nature, 1792
The Law of Nations, or, Principles of the Law of Nature, 1796
The Law of Nations, or, Principles of the Law of Nature, 1805
The Law of Nations, or, Principles of the Law of Nature, 1811
The Law of Nations, or, Principles of the Law of Nature, 1817
Le Droit des Gens, ou Principes de la Loi Naturelle, 1820
The Law of Nations : or Principles of the Law of Nature, 1820
The Law of Nations, or, Principles of the Law of Nature, 1829
Other editions in the Law Library's general collection:
Le Droit des Gens, ou, Principes de la Loi Naturelle, 1863
Le Droit des Gens; ou, Principes de la Loi Naturelle, 1916


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