Siege Warfare and the Early Modern Law of War
Tilburg Jurisprudence and Legal History Working Paper No. 06-01
IUS BRABANTICUM, IUS COMMUNE, IUS GENTIUM: OPSTELLEN AANGEBODEN AAN PROF. MR. J.P.A. COOPMANS TER GELEGENHEID VAN ZIJN TACHTIGSTE VERJAARDAG, E.J. Broers, B.C.M. Jacobs, R.C.H. Lesaffer, eds., Wolf Legal Publishers, Nijmegen, 2006
41 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2006
During the Early-Modern Age, siege warfare came to play an ever more significant role in war among European powers. In this paper, the evolution of the laws of war in relation to siege warfare are examined. Both doctrine and legal practice are discussed. The most striking conclusion is that whereas there was a clear evolution towards humanisation in practice, the great writers of international law the era in the long run did more harm than good to the debate.
Keywords: history, international law, siege warfare, laws of war, Early-Modern Age, Grotius, Vattel
JEL Classification: K33
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