Grotius and the Law of the Sea

W. E. Butler

in Hugo Grotius and International Relations

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

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Grotius and the Law of the Sea

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In the early seventeenth century, there were numerous conflicting claims to dominion over the seas and oceans. The heart of Grotius's position, espoused in his works Mare Liberum and De Jure Belli ac Pacis, was that states may not individually or collectively acquire high seas areas. This view was disputed at the time by various writers, especially John Selden (1584–1654). However, it eventually came to be the foundation of the modern regime of the high seas. The 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea constitutes a continuation of the balancing process between coastal and high seas interests to which Grotius had contributed.

Keywords: Convention on the Law of the Sea; high seas; law of the sea; John Selden

Chapter.  4695 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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