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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