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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