Hugo Grotius (1583-1645)

  • Conference on “The True Faith?”, Potsdam, 10-12 February 2012

    January 13, 2012

    The true faith? A cosmopolitan project in the early Enlightenment 10 February-11 February 2012, University of Potsdam and HBPG, Potsdam. Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) still is a subject of study, thought, research and discussion!

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  • History of International Law

    The history of international law examines the evolution and development of public international law in both state practice and conceptual understanding. Since 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. From the 16th century: Bodin, Ayala, Vitoria, the 17th century: Grotius, Gentili, Pufendorf, Zouche, and 18th century: Bynkershoek, Wolff, Vattel, and 19th century Bluntschli.

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  • Grotius collection

    The Peace Palace Library in The Hague holds one of the greatest collections in the world of the works of Hugo Grotius [1583-1645], founder of a systematic modern doctrine of international law and universally called the “Father of International Law”.
    The Library, not far from the place where he was arrested in 1618 has become the centre of Grotius- Research for scholars from all over the world.

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  • Special collections

    The Peace Palace Library houses a few special collections, of which the Grotius collection and the Peace movement collection are the most important.

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  • Grotius in Slovenia

    June 10, 2011

    Grotius’ theory on the Freedom of the Sea might help Slovenia in the dispute with Croatia over a small bay in the Adriatic. Since their independence from Yuogoslavia in 1991 they quarrel over the territorial sea delimitation in the Bay of Piran. Croatia claims that the border should be drawn in the middle of the bay, which would deny Slovenian ships direct access to the high sea…

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  • Announcement lecture ‘The law of the sea’

    June 18, 2010

    On monday, June 21 2010, prof. mr. A.H.A. Soons (Utrecht university) will give a lecture on the ‘Law of the Sea’. The topics will be international maritime law in general and specific issues like piracy, overfishing and Japanese whaling. Professor Soons will also speak on disputes that states had to claim marine areas. The lecture […]

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  • Mare Liberum 1609-2009

    December 14, 2009

    Celebration of the 400th anniversary of Grotius’ famous book “Mare Liberum”.
    Highlight was the presentation of the first copy of a new English translation of Mare Liberum “ Hugo Grotius Mare liberum 1609-2009. Original Latin and English Translation”. Edited and annotated by Robert Feenstra, General Introduction by Jeroen Vervliet. Leiden : Brill 2009. ISBN 9789004177017.

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  • Hugo Grotius’ Mare Liberum 1609-2009

    October 9, 2009

    The Hague celebrates the 400th anniversary of the publication of Hugo Grotius’ Mare Liberum (Leiden, Publishing House of Elsevier) with an extensive program of activities. It commemmorates the fact that Grotius wrote his book in The Hague with exhibitions, theater/musical plays, films, publications and lectures in museums and libraries.

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