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The Last Waltz of the Law of NationsA Translation of The 1803 Edition of de Rayneval's The Institutions of Natural Law and the Law of Nations$
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Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198725138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198725138.001.0001

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On the Origins of Political Societies and the Principles which are the Basis of their Organisation.

On the Origins of Political Societies and the Principles which are the Basis of their Organisation.

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(p.24) Book One On the Origins of Political Societies and the Principles which are the Basis of their Organisation.
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The Last Waltz of the Law of Nations
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Jean Allain

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198725138.003.0004

Book One considers the origins and formation of societies into States around Rayneval’s leitmotiv of self-preservation, as the essence of natural law. In so doing, Rayneval is setting the foundation for his examination of the Law of Nations to come in Books Two and Three. Within Book One, he considers the inner workings of a State: its societal norms; forms of government; and the division of powers as between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Rayneval then turns his attention to the place of law within a society and the objectives of public, private and criminal law; while dealing with the other, diverse, dynamics at play within a State including religion, education, and honour.

Keywords:   Ancien Régime, division of powers, French foreign policy, forms of government, law, function of government, international law, history of international law, Natural Law, origins of the State

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