There are many ways one can reconstruct the history of international law over an extended period of time: one can, for example, follow the ‘leading’ scholars in the field and set out their outlines in a chronological manner and/or compare and contrast them in a more differentiated way. A drawback of this line of investigation is that certain ‘lesser’ scholars may be overlooked and that not enough weight would be given to the interdependency between theory and practice. An alternative approach could be to focus on what—allegedly—has been described as turning points...
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