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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, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 April 2021

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). 

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 kind—Robert Ward’s An Enquiry Into the Foundation and History of the Law of Nations in Europe, From the Time of the Greeks and Romans to the Age of Grotius (P Wogan, P Byrne, W Jones, and J Rice Dublin 1795, reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange Clark 2005)—attempted to give a comprehensive treatment of the subject from antiquity onwards. The attempt, arising out of the encyclopedic spirit of the...
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