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History of International Law
The Peace Palace Library has an impressive Old and rare books collection of 10.000 titles printed before 1850. Since its beginning in 1913 the Library has acquired a historical legal collection representing the various periods of thinking about international law, dominated by the Spanish, French or English schools. Writers from the 16th century: Jean Bodin, Ayala, Vitoria, the 17th century: Hugo Grotius, Gentili, Pufendorf, Zouche, and 18th century: Bynkershoek, Wolff, von Martens, Vattel, and 19th century Bluntschli, to name only a few. In total about 2400 authors represent the origins of international law. Modern authors on the history of international refer to these sources for their research.
This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research in the field of the History of International Law. It provides the basic materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library’s classification index code 31. History of International Laws and subject heading (keyword) History of International Law are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.
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- Fassbender, B. and A. Peters (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.
- Grewe, W.G. (ed.), Fontes Historiae Iuris Gentium, Berlin, De Gruyter, 1988-1995.
- Orakhelashvili, A. (ed.), Research Handbook on the Theory and History of International Law, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2011.
- Craven, M., M. Fitzmaurice and M. Vogiatzi (eds.), Time, History and International Law, Leiden (etc.), Nijhoff, 2007.
- Grewe, W.G., The Epochs of International Law, Berlin (etc.), De Gruyter, 2000.
- Johnston, D.M., The Historical Foundations of World Order: the Tower and the Arena, Leiden (etc.), Nijhoff, 2008.
- Katz, S.N. (ed.), The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, Oxford (etc.), Oxford University Press, 2009.
- Kegoherel, H., Histoire du droit international public, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1996.
- Koskenniemi, M., The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: the Rise and Fall of International Law, 1870-1960, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002.
- Lang, M., H. Barta, R. Rollinger (eds.), Staatsverträge, Völkerrecht und Diplomatie im Alten Orient und in der griechisch-römischen Antike, Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz, 2011.
- Nussbaum, A., A Concise History of the Law of Nations, New York, NY (etc.), Macmillan, 1954.
- Reibstein, E. von, Völkerrecht: eine Geschichte seiner Ideen in Lehre und Praxis, Freiburg (etc.), Alber, 1957-1963.
- Truyol y Serra, A., Histoire du droit international public, Paris, Economica, 1995.
- Ziegler, K.-H., Völkerrechtsgeschichte: ein Studienbuch, München, Beck, 2007.
- Hueck, I.J., “The Discipline of the History of International Law: New Trends and Methods on the History of International Law”, Journal of the History of International Law, 3 (2001), No. 2, pp. 194-217.
- Lesaffer, R., “International Law and its History: the Story of an Unrequited Love”, in M. Craven, M. Fitzmaurice and M. Vogiatzi (eds.), Time, History and International Law, Leiden (etc.), Nijhoff, 2007, pp. 27-41.
- Steiger, H., “Probleme der Völkerrechtsgeschichte”, Der Staat, 26 (1987), No. 1, pp. 103-126.
- Ziegler, K.-H., “Emer de Vattel und die Entwicklung des Völkerrechts im 18. Jahrhundert”, in M. Kremer und H.-R. Reuter (Hrsg.), Macht und Moral: politisches Denken im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert, Stuttgart, Kohlhammer, 2007, pp. 321-341.
- Ziegler, K.-H., “Völkerrecht in den antiken Welten”, in M. Lang, H. Barta und R. Rollinger (Hrsg.), Staatsverträge, Völkerrecht und Diplomatie im Alten Orient und in der griechisch-römischen Antike, Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz, 2010, pp. 27-38.
- Ziegler, K.-H., “Zum Völkerrecht in der römischen Antike”, in M.J. Schermaier, J.M. Rainer und L.C. Winkel (Hrsg.), Iurisprudentia universalis: Festschrift für Theo Mayer-Maly zum 70. Geburtstag, Köln (etc.), Böhlau, 2002, pp. 933-944.
Periodicals, serial publications
- Fundamina: A Journal of Legal History
- Journal of the History of International Law
- The Legal History Review
- MacAlister-Smith, P., “Bio-Bibliographical Key to Membership of the Institut de Droit International, 1873-2001″, Journal of the History of International Law, 5 (2003), No. 1, pp. 77-159.
- MacAlister-Smith, P. and J. Schwietzke, “Bibliography of the Textbooks and Comprehensive Treatises on Positive International Law of the 19th Century”, Journal of the History of International Law, 3 (2001), No. 1, pp. 75-142.
- MacAlister-Smith, P. and J. Schwietzke, “Literature and Documentary Sources relating to the History of Public International Law: an Annotated Bibliography Survey”, Journal of the History of International Law, 1 (1999), No. 2, pp. 136-212.
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Fassbender, B. and A. Peters (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law provides an authoritative and original overview of the origins, concepts, and core issues of international law. The first comprehensive Handbook on the history of international law, it is a truly unique contribution to the literature of international law and relations. Pursuing both a global and an interdisciplinary approach, the Handbook brings together some sixty eminent scholars of international law, legal history, and global history from all parts of the world. Covering international legal developments from the 15th century until the end of World War II, the Handbook consists of over sixty individual chapters which are arranged in six parts. The book opens with an analysis of the principal actors in the history of international law, namely states, peoples and nations, international organisations and courts, and civil society actors. Part Two is devoted to a number of key themes of the history of international law, such as peace and war, the sovereignty of states, hegemony, religion, and the protection of the individual person. Part Three addresses the history of international law in the different regions of the world (Africa and Arabia, Asia, the Americas and the Caribbean, Europe), as well as ‘encounters’ between non-European legal cultures (like those of China, Japan, and India) and Europe which had a lasting impact on the body of international law. Part Four examines certain forms of ‘interaction or imposition’ in international law, such as diplomacy (as an example of interaction) or colonization and domination (as an example of imposition of law). The classical juxtaposition of the civilized and the uncivilized is also critically studied. Part Five is concerned with problems of the method and theory of history writing in international law, for instance the periodisation of international law, or Eurocentrism in the traditional historiography of international law. The Handbook concludes with a Part Six, entitled “People in Portrait”, which explores the life and work of twenty prominent scholars and thinkers of international law, ranging from Muhammad al-Shaybani to Sir Hersch Lauterpacht. The Handbook will be an invaluable resource for scholars and students of international law. It provides historians with new perspectives on international law, and increases the historical and cultural awareness of scholars of international law. It aims to become the new standard reference work for the global history of international law.
Altmann, A., Tracing the Earliest Recorded Concepts of International Law: the Ancient Near East (2500-330 BCE), Leiden, Nijhoff, 2012.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
This book offers a unique survey of legal practices and ideas relating to international relations in the Ancient Near East between 2500 and 330 BCE. Rather than entering into the debate on the continuous development of international law in Antiquity, the book discloses a vast amount of textual material from the Ancient Near East which sheds light on the legal regulation and organization of international relations in different epochs of pre-classical Antiquity. The book is a treasure trove of information for the historian of international law who wants to acquaint himself with the remotest history of international law, while it will also serve the general historian of the Ancient Near East who wants to acquaint himself with the international law of the period.
E. Jouannet, The Liberal-Welfarist Law of Nations: a History of International Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
Although portrayed as a liberal law of co-existence of and co-operation between states, international law has always been a welfarist law, too. Emerging in eighteenth-century Europe, it soon won favour globally. Not only did it minister to the interests of states and their concern for stability, but it was also an interventionist law designed to ensure the happiness and well-being of peoples. Hence international law initially served as a secularised eschatological model, replacing the role of religion in ensuring the proper ordering of mankind, which was held to be both one and divided. That initial vision still drives our post-Cold War globalised world. Contemporary international law is neither a strictly welfarist law nor a strictly liberal law, but is in fact a liberal-welfarist law. In the conjunction of these two purposes lies one of the keys to its meaning and a partial explanation for its continuing ambivalence.
Chetail, V. (ed.), Vattel's International Law in a XXIst Century Perspective, Leiden, Nijhoff, 2011.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
No other scholar has so deeply influenced the development of international law or shaped the doctrinal debates as Vattel. More than 250 years after its publication, his Law of Nations has remained the most frequently quoted treatise of international law. Vattel’s International Law from a XXIst Century Perspective explores the reasons behind the extraordinary authority of Vattel and analyses its continuing relevance for thinking and understanding contemporary international law. It gathers the contributions from well-known experts of international law and history for the purpose … read moreof evaluating the Law of Nations from a XXIst Century perspective. The multiple facets of Vattel’s thinking are apprehended through a wide-ranging and comprehensive analysis respectively devoted to the international system, the sources of international law, the subjects of international law, the law of peace, and the law of war.
Grewe, W.G. (ed.), Fontes Historiae Iuris Gentium, Berlin, De Gruyter, 1988-1995.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
Orakhelashvili, A. (ed.), Research Handbook on the Theory and History of International Law, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2011.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
- Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, History of International Law, Basic Questions and Principles, by Wolfgang Preiser.
- Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, History of International Law, Ancient Times to 1648, by Wolfgang Preiser.
- Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, History of International Law, 1648 to 1825, by Stephan Verosta.
- Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, History of International Law, 1815 to World War I, by Hans-Ulrich Scupin.
- Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, History of International Law, since World War II, by Martti Koskenniemi.
Building a 'Temple for Peace': the Choice of the Site
The Treaty for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes, concluded on 29 July 1899, determined that the newly created Permanent Court of Arbitration was to be established at The Hague. As Andrew Carnegie’s gift of 1903 was meant primarily for the erection of a new and appealing court house and library to serve its arbiters, there could be no argument, as to where this ‘Temple for Peace’ was to be built. It should be at The Hague. But where in The Hague precisely was quite another thing.Read more
Building a ‘Temple for Peace’: Inspired Advocates and a Philanthropist
Shortly after the 1899 Hague Peace Conference had ended, William T. Stead, a highly energetic and respected British journalist and pacifist who had followed the peace conference as an observer, and Andrew D. White, the American head of delegation and ambassador in Germany, convinced the Scottish-born American steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to finance the ‘Temple for Peace’ that was to become the Peace Palace in The Hague.Read more
Building a ‘Temple for Peace’: the 1899 Hague Peace Conference
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“John Selden : Scholarship in Context” Conference
Magdalen College in Oxford hosted the “John Selden : Scholarship in Context” Conference from 24th-26th June, a tribute to England’s “Chief of learned men”.Read more
Impressions of the 60 years Genocide Convention
Impressions of the 60 years Genocide Convention On Sunday 7 and Monday 8 December, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Center for International Law and the Peace Palace Library organized a conference in The Hague to mark the 60th anniversary of the Genocide Convention. At the conference several legal [...]Read more
- Documents from Medieval and Early Modern England from the National Archives in London
- The 1582 edition of the Corpus Juris Canonici put online by UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library
- English Medieval Legal Documents AD 600 – AD 1535: A Compilation of Published Sources. Prepared by Hazel D. Lord
- Harvard Resarch Guide Rare Books& Early manuscripts
- The History of International Law Today Published in Rechtsgeschichte, 2004 Martti Koskenniemi
- Internet Medieval Sourcebook: Medieval Legal History The Internet Medieval Sourcebook is now part of ORB, the Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies
- Legal Portraits Online
- Roman and Secular Law in the Middle Ages, by Kenneth Pennington
- Roman Law Resources Edited by Ernest Metzger
- The Timetable of World Legal History
- Website of the Program in the History and Theory of International Law , Institute for International Law and Justice, New York University School of Law