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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

History of International Law, Basic Questions and Principles

Wolfgang Preiser†

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 March 2023

1648-1815 — Customary international law — General principles of international law

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: Basic Questions and Principles’ 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) 716–22. 1 The academic study of the history of international law, as a separate subject of research, began at the end of the 18th century. Remarkably, in 1795 the first work of its...
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