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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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Legalities of the Sea in Gentili’s Hispanica Advocatio

Legalities of the Sea in Gentili’s Hispanica Advocatio

(p.269) 13 Legalities of the Sea in Gentili’s Hispanica Advocatio
The Roman Foundations of the Law of Nations

Lauren Benton

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a brief overview of the imperial and maritime contexts of the years when Gentili was engaged at the Court of Admiralty. It then considers Gentili's arguments about the extension of English subjecthood and jurisdiction into ocean space and about the legal identity of the dependent states of the Ottoman empire. A concluding section comments on the importance of Gentili's more mundane arguments about maritime law to his innovative and analytically deeper commentary on empire as a legal problem.

Keywords:   Court of Admiralty, English subjecthood, jurisdiction, Ottoman empire, maritime law

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