Introduction: The Roman Foundations of the Law of Nations

Benedict Kingsbury and Benjamin Straumann

in The Roman Foundations of the Law of Nations

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199599875
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595813 | DOI:
Introduction: The Roman Foundations of the Law of Nations

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This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to bring together a set of fresh perspectives exploring the significance and implications of the use made of Roman legal concepts, and of Roman just war theory and imperial practice, by early modern European writers who shaped lasting approaches to natural law and the law of nations. It then turns to the unifying focus of this volume, the work of the Italian émigré legal scholar and practising lawyer Alberico Gentili (1552–1608). An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: Roman legal concepts; just war theory; Roman law; Alberico Gentili

Chapter.  9910 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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