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VI People in Portrait, 53 Emer de Vattel (1714–1767)

Emmanuelle Jouannet

From: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 30 March 2023

1648-1815 — Statehood, jurisdiction of states, organs of states
Emer de Vattel (1714–1767), was born on 25 April 1714 in the province of Neuchâtel, the son of protestant refugees.1 In 1758, he published The Law of Nations or the Principles of Natural Law Applied to the Conduct and to the Affairs of Nations and of Sovereigns.2 The work enjoyed considerable success, much to the amazement of the author himself. As a result, he was immediately summoned to Dresden by Augustus III who offered him employment as a diplomat, a position to which he had long aspired. From its first publication, Vattel's Law of Nations attracted...
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