Jump to Content Jump to Main Navigation
Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Westphalian System

Rainer Grote

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 July 2021

Subject(s):
History of international law — Foreign relations law — Ancient Times to 1648 — 1648-1815 — Sovereignty — Customary international law — Unilateral acts

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). 

1 Westphalian system, or Westphalian model, Westphalian paradigm, Westphalian regime etc are terms frequently used by international relations scholars (International Relations, Principal Theories) as a shorthand for the fundamental transformation of international relations which is said to have taken place in the 17th century, replacing the previously dominant idea of a Christian commonwealth governed by universal institutions—ie the Pope and the Emperor—with an international order consisting mainly or exclusively of independent sovereign States (Sovereignty)...
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.