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International law
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1. Definition

Since about 1500, international law – ius gentium in Latin – has comprised the law of war and peace between powers or states in Europa and overseas [23. 1–49]. Although scholars also describe earlier legal arrangements between powers as international law [18]; [27. 1], its origins and development are closely associated with the disintegration of the hierarchical medieval political and…

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Steiger, Heinhard, “International law”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029831>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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