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History of international law

  • Graftombe Hugo de Groot

    Peace Palace Library Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Hugo Grotius August 28, 2012

    July 26, 2012

    Join the Peace Palace Library Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Hugo Grotius in the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft! To commemorate the fact that Grotius died 367 years ago the Peace Palace Library pays tribute to the legacy of this great “Dutchman”, the “Father of International Law “ with a small ceremony at his grave. Upon arrival at the Nieuwe Kerk a wreath of fresh flower will be laid at his tomb. After speeches, a small passage from his most famous work “De Iure Belli ac Pacis” will be read.

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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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