Vattel and the Emergence of Classic International Law

By Emmanuelle Jouannet

Contributions by: Gina Bellande, Robert Howse

In this authoritative work, Emmanuelle Jouannet, a leading French scholar of public international law and legal theory, takes a fresh look at the emergence of classical international law and provides an original and decisive reinterpretation. According to the modern and conventional account, Grotius and his predecessors, the Spanish jurists, are credited as the 'fathers' of the modern ius gentium. However, this picture of history is now both inaccurate and incomplete. With rare erudition based on an exhaustive analysis of the foundational concepts and principal texts of the great jurists of the period, Jouannet shows that it was only during the 18th-century period of Enlightenment that a genuine doctrine of international law emerged. In particular, Jouannet focuses on the work of Swiss jurist Emerich de Vattel (1714-1767), a long forgotten figure, showing how his ideas engendered a fresh understanding of what international law meant and how they stimulated the fundamental debates which international lawyers are still engaged in today. The book was originally published in French in 1996 and received three major awards: the University Paris I Prize, the Dupin-Aine Prize, and the Maurice Picard Prize. This English translation will appeal to international lawyers/legal historians. (Series: French Studies in International Law)

344 pages

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Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781841136912