War and Peace - Alberico Gentili and the Early Modern Law of Nations
Alberico Gentili and the Early Modern Law of Nations (Leiden: Brill 2020) 592 pages
Posted: 29 Aug 2020
Date Written: July 23, 2020
This treatise investigates the emergence of the early modern law of nations, focusing on Alberico Gentili’s contribution to the same. A religious refugee and Regius Professor at the University of Oxford, Alberico Gentili (1552–1608) lived in difficult times of religious wars and political persecution. He discussed issues that were topical in his lifetime and remain so today, including the clash of civilizations, the conduct of war, and the maintenance of peace. His idealism and political pragmatism constitute the principal reasons for the continued interest in his work. Gentili’s work is important for historical record, but also for better analysing and critically assessing the origins of international law and its current developments, as well as for elaborating its future trajectories.
Keywords: history and theory of international law, law of the sea, law of war, ius ad bellum, ius in bello, ius post bellum, rebus sic stantibus, freedom of commerce, freedom of the sea, territorial sea, ius communicationis, sovereignty, royal prerogative, freedom of religion
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