Siege Warfare and the Early Modern Law of War

Tilburg University Legal Studies Working Paper No. 001/2006

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

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Randall Lesaffer

Tilburg Law School; KU Leuven - Faculty of Law

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Lesaffer, Randall C. H., Siege Warfare and the Early Modern Law of War. Tilburg University Legal Studies Working Paper No. 001/2006; 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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=926312

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