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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

History of International Law, Ancient Times to 1648

Wolfgang Preiser†

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 31 January 2023

Ancient Times to 1648

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

Editor’s Note: This entry was originally published under the title ‘History of the Law of Nations: Ancient Times to 1648’ in the Encyclopedia of Public International Law, edited by Professor Rudolf Bernhardt, and can be found in the consolidated library edition of the Encyclopedia; see R Bernhardt (ed) Encyclopedia of Public International Law vol II(2) (Elsevier Amsterdam 1995) 722–49. 1 The following survey of the early history of the law of nations is confined to those periods which have proved to be of importance for modern international law. Developments which...
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