• Lessons of Imperialism and of the Law of Nations: Alberico Gentili's Early Modern Appeal to Roman Law

    Author(s):
    Andreas Wagner (see profile)
    Date:
    2012
    Subject(s):
    International relations, Legal history
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    alberico gentili, imperialism, international law
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6M33W
    Abstract:
    This review discusses two recent publications – a critical edition of a primary source and a collection of essays – around the Theory of International Law of Alberico Gentili (1552–1608). On the one hand it examines Gentili’s interest in ancient Rome and how he used it as a paradigmatic case of imperial order. But on the other, it questions our own interest in Gentili’s work. In line with Gentili’s own focus on questions of justice, it not only shows that Gentili presents us with his own complex blend of political responsibility and natural law, but highlights structural features and possible blind spots of his ‘natural/private law’ paradigm that might apply also to current suggestions of how to organize international law.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    10.1093/ejil/chs051
    Publisher:
    Oxford University Press (OUP)
    Journal:
    European Journal of International Law
    Volume:
    23
    Issue:
    3
    Start Page:
    873
    End Page:
    886
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    6 days ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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