Introduction: Mare Liberum Revisited (1609-2009)

Grotiana, Vol. 30, pp. 3-19, 2009

18 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2010

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Gustaaf van Nifterik

University of Amsterdam

Janne Elisabeth Nijman

T.M.C. Asser Instituut; Amsterdam Center for International Law - University of Amsterdam

Date Written: December 27, 2009


This introduction to the Grotiana Special Issue on Mare Liberum (1609-2009) gives a rough sketch of the context of Mare liberum’s publication and the main arguments Grotius made in this pamphlet. It touches briefly on some of the latest arguments on Mare liberum and provides a survey of the contributions to this Commemmorative Issue. Moreover, it sets the stage for the contributions which elaborate on the fate of Grotian concepts - not so much by historically tracing these ideas over the past 400 years, but by off ering an analysis of how similar concepts are used in international law today.

Keywords: Grotius, Mare Liberum, De Jure Praedae, Battle Of The Books, Common Goods, Dutch Commercial Expansion, Freedom Of The High Sea, Grotian Heritage

Suggested Citation

van Nifterik, Gustaaf and Nijman, Janne Elisabeth, Introduction: Mare Liberum Revisited (1609-2009) (December 27, 2009). Grotiana, Vol. 30, pp. 3-19, 2009. Available at SSRN:

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Amsterdam Center for International Law - University of Amsterdam ( email )


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