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Visiting Scholars' Seminar: New Research on Europe

A Law of Civilised Nations? Universalism and Particularism in Early Modern International Law


February 15, 2017
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
February 15, 2017
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

This talk will examine the origins of the Eurocentric concept of international law. It is well known that by the nineteenth century, international law had come to be identified with European customary and conventional law. I will trace the origins of this idea to the debates within different schools of natural law in the early modern period and the crucial role played by Hugo Grotius (1583-1645).

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