The Importance of Grotius in the Study of International Relations

Hedley Bull

in Hugo Grotius and International Relations

Published in print March 1992 | ISBN: 9780198277712
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598890 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Importance of Grotius in the Study of International Relations

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The work of Grotius is one of the great landmarks in modern thinking about international relations, and has lost none of its importance. Grotius, a major intellectual figure of Europe, was a leading exponent of the concept of international society—that states form a society or community with one another. He partially set the intellectual framework for the Peace of Westphalia, which was concluded in 1648, three years after his death. His view of international society placed emphasis on natural law, universality of international society, the importance of individuals as well as states, and solidarism in the enforcement of rules.

Keywords: international society; natural law; Peace of Westphalia; solidarism; universality of international society

Chapter.  10936 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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