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The Roman Foundations of the Law of NationsAlberico Gentili and the Justice of Empire$
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Benedict Kingsbury and Benjamin Straumann

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599875.001.0001

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Introduction: The Roman Foundations of the Law of Nations

Introduction: The Roman Foundations of the Law of Nations

(p.1) 1 Introduction: The Roman Foundations of the Law of Nations
The Roman Foundations of the Law of Nations

Benedict Kingsbury (Contributor Webpage)

Benjamin Straumann

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to bring together a set of fresh perspectives exploring the significance and implications of the use made of Roman legal concepts, and of Roman just war theory and imperial practice, by early modern European writers who shaped lasting approaches to natural law and the law of nations. It then turns to the unifying focus of this volume, the work of the Italian émigré legal scholar and practising lawyer Alberico Gentili (1552–1608). An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   Roman legal concepts, just war theory, Roman law, Alberico Gentili

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