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International law, theory of
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The theory of international law is the discipline that deals with the legal aspects of relationships between powers (International law). In (western) Europe, it evolved from a discipline conceptualized in terms of theology and moral philosophy in the context of Spanish late Scholasticism in the 16th century to a subject dominated by legal theory in the 19th. Academically it claimed an interpretive monopoly on the legal foreign relations of states and mostly ignored private international law. Central factors in the development of the subject were colonial and imperial expansion…

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Vec, Miloš, “International law, theory of”, 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 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_029837>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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