Legalities of the Sea in Gentili’s <i>Hispanica Advocatio</i>

Lauren Benton

in The Roman Foundations of the Law of Nations

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199599875
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595813 | DOI:
Legalities of the Sea in Gentili’s Hispanica Advocatio

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This chapter begins with a brief overview of the imperial and maritime contexts of the years when Gentili was engaged at the Court of Admiralty. It then considers Gentili's arguments about the extension of English subjecthood and jurisdiction into ocean space and about the legal identity of the dependent states of the Ottoman empire. A concluding section comments on the importance of Gentili's more mundane arguments about maritime law to his innovative and analytically deeper commentary on empire as a legal problem.

Keywords: Court of Admiralty; English subjecthood; jurisdiction; Ottoman empire; maritime law

Chapter.  7369 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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