Classics of International Law

Carnegie Institution
Edited by James Brown Scott
40 Books at $4,250.00 Law Books 19671     Law Books 19671 Law

Washington, Carnegie Institution, 1911

Reprinted by William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 1995

 

This series, which includes the classic works connected with the history and development of international law, was undertaken by the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1906, at the suggestion of Dr. James Brown Scott, then Solicitor for the Dept. of State, under whose supervision as General Editor the series has been published. On January 1, 1917, the project was transferred to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The present work completes the series.

The republication of these classics has been undertaken principally due to the difficulty of procuring the texts in convenient form for scientific study. The text of each author in a language other than English is reproduced photographically, so as to lay the source before the reader without the mistakes which creep into a newly printed text, and is accompanied by an English version made expressly for the series by a competent translator. Introductory material prefaces each book, giving details concerning the author and his work and stating the importance of the texts and its place in international law.

This special list can assist you by acting as a checklist of the collection for your library. We also have included catalog listings from A Catalogue of the Law Collection at New York University (with Selected Annotations) with each author entry...

 

NO. 1 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Zouche, Richard. IURIS ET IUDICII FECIALIS, SIVE, IURIS INTER GENTES, ET QUAESTIONUM DE EODEM EXPLICATIO. Edited by Thomas Erskine Holland. Reproduction of the first Edition of 1650 Washington, D.C. -Carnegie Institution 1911. $95.00 Law Books 29253     Law Books 29253 Law
Volume 2
Zouche, Richard. AN EXPOSITION OF FECIAL LAW AND PROCEDURE, OR OF LAW BETWEEN NATIONS AND QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE SAME, Translated by J.L. Brierly Washington, DC - Carnegie Institution 1911. $95.00 Law Books 29254     Law Books 29254 Law

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Zouche published many books, but it is his book on international law, published in 1650, which has given him lasting fame. He was a disciple both of Gentilis and of Grotius. His books contained a critical summary of their results, and popularized their work in England and Scotland. He helped to make the new international law a part of English law, and his works have more than a merely insular fame. This was due to three very considerable merits which they possess...In his book international law appeared for the first time in a compact and orderly form....He so clearly defined it that no one for the future could be under any misapprehension as to its scope...He originated the modern division of the subject into Peace and War. In his book the tradition, inherited from the medieval books, of grouping the whole subject round the laws of War, and was finally abondoned. Holdsworth. Sources:227.

NO. 2 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Ayala, Balthazar. DE JURE ET OFFICIIS BELLICIS ET DISCIPLINA MILITARI LIBRI III Edited by John Westlake. Reproduction of the Edition of 1582 Washington, D.C. - Carnegie Institution 1912. $95.00 Law Books 29255     Law Books 29255 Law
Volume 2
Ayala, Balthazar. ON THE LAW OF WAR AND ON THE DUTIES CONNECTED WITH WAR AND ON MILITARY DISCIPLINE, THREE BOOKS, Translated by John Pawley Bate, Washington, DC - Carnegie Institution 1912. $100.00 Law Books 29256     Law Books 29256 Law

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Title of v.2 in English: Three books on the law of war and on the duties connected with war and on military discipline...Ayala was a Spanish jurist and political theorist who lived from 1548 to 1584. Grotius refers to Ayala's "De jure" often. "Ayala recognized several legitimate objectives of war, such as the avenging of justice, national defense, the suppression of infidels who oppose the spread of the Gospel, and the punishment of rebellious subjects." See Encyc. Soc. Sci. 2:371.

NO. 3 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Grotius, Hugo. DE JURE BELLI AC PACIS LIBRI TRES, Reproduction of the Edition of 1646, Washington, D.C. - Carnegie Institution 1913. $140.00 Law Books 29257     Law Books 29257 Law
Volume 2
Grotius, Hugo. ON THE LAW OF WAR AND PEACE THREE BOOKS. Introduction by James Brown Scott Translated by Francis W. Kelsey Washington, D.C. - Carnegie Institution 1913 Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Humphrey Milford 1925. $165.00 Law Books 24730     Law Books 24730 Law

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The name of Grotius must always be pre-eminent when we speak of the establislunent of the law of nations as a distinct body of doctrine. Many different theories have been put forward, generally determined by the contemporary fashion in moral philosophy, or by the writer's own philosophical predilections, rather than by any specific and appropriate development from within. It may therefore be not quite exact to say, in the accustomed phrase, that all subsequent workers have built on the foundation laid by Grotius. But we may safely say that at all event he assures the site...Frederick Pollock. The Sources of International Law. L.Q.R. 18:429.

NO. 4 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1 & 2
Vattel, E. de. LE DROIT DE GENS OU PRINCIPES DE LA LOI NATURELLE. Reproduction of books 1-4 of the first Edition of 1758.Washington, D.C. - Carnegie Institution 1916. $240.00 Law Books 29258     Law Books 29258 Law
Volume 3
Vattel, E. de. THE LAW OF NATIONS OR PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL LAW. Introduction by Albert de Lapradelle. Translated by Charles G. Fenwick Washington, D.C. - Carnegie Institution 1916. $115.00 Law Books 24647     Law Books 24647 Law

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Vattel was a noted Swiss jurist who was born in 1714 and died in 1767. LeDroit des Gens is certainly a work of the first magnitude. It modernized the whole theory and business of International Law, brought it out of the study into the field, the mart, the council chamber, and the palace. The law of nations was no longer a mystery. One of its most brilliant, practical exponents became its popularizer. He did, indeed, much for nations, for he imposed upon them theories of moral rational development up to which it became, in a sense, necessary for them to live. C. Phillipson. Emerich de Vattel. MacDonnell: 504.

NO. 5 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Rachel, Samuel. DE JURE NATURAE ET GENTIUM DISSERTATIONES. Edited by Ludwig von Bar. Introduction by Ludwig von Bar. Reproduction of the Edition of 1676. Washington, D.C. - Carnegie Institution 1916. $100.00 Law Books 29261     Law Books 29261 Law

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Rachel was a German jurist who became a professor of moral philosophy in 1658 and in 1665 of natural law and of international law. "In international law...Rachel showed a decidedly original approach. In the formative period of international law, he was the first prominent protagonist of a positivistic attitude, in conscious opposition to Pufendorf, who had submerged the law of nations in natural law. Rachel stated his position in DeJure naturae.... (1676), Jus Gentium, he held, is a system of law independent of jus naturae and is based only upon agreements express or implied...Rachel was the first to establish the significance of international law as a separate science and to stress clearly its legally binding character...He stands out as the precursor of the eighteenth and nineteenth century positivist movement in international law. Encyc. Soc. Sci. 13:43-44.
Volume 2
Rachel, Samuel. DISSERTATIONS ON THE LAW OF NATURE AND OF NATIONS. Introduction by Ludwig von Bar. Translated by John Pawley Bate. Washington, D.C. - Carnegie Institution 1916. $100.00 Law Books 29262     Law Books 29262 Law
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NO. 6 OF THE SERIES
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Textor, Johann Wolfgang. SYNOPSIS JURIS GENTIUM. Edited by Ludwig von Bar. Introduction by Ludwig von Bar. Reproduction of the Edition of 1680. Washington, D C. - Carnegie Institution 1916. $85.00 Law Books 29263     Law Books 29263 Law
Volume 2
Textor, Johann Wolfgang. SYNOPSIS OF THE LAW OF NATIONS. Introduction by Ludwig von Bar. Translated by John Pawley Bate. Washington, D.C. - Carnegie Institution 1916. $100.00 Law Books 24731     Law Books 24731 Law

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Textor...was a man of great learning and reputation in his day, but, as compared with that great pioneer, Grotius, he is little known to English students. In fact, as the general editor states, Textor has not hitherto been rendered into our language. . .One can have no two opinions of the importance of the work. It forms, as it were, an antidote to the writers of the school of natural law of which Pufendorf is so eminent a protagonist. Textor...occupies an important place among the writers of the positive school. G.H.H. L.Q.R. 37:111-112.

NO. 7 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Victoria, Franciscus de. FRANCISCUS DE VICTORIA DE INDIS ET DE IVRE BELLS REFLECTIONES. Edited by Ernest Nys. Introduction by Ernest Nys. Translation by John Pawley Bate. $115.00 Law Books 29264     Law Books 29264 Law
THE REFLECTIONS IN MORAL THEOLOGY OF THE VERY CELEBRATED SPANISH THEOLOGIAN, FRANCISCUS DE VICTORIA. Translation of text by John Pawley Bate. Revised Text, With Prefatory Remarks, list of Errata, and Index of Authors Cited by F. Wright. A Photographic reproduction of Simon's Edition of 1696. Washington, D.C. - Carnegie Institution 1917.
Franciscus de Victoria was a Spanish theologian and jurist who lived from 1480 to 1546. As chief professor of theology at the University of Salamanca, he gained great distinction. The present volume contains the selections of De Indis and De jure belli, extracted from his work entitled Relectiones Teologicae first published in 1557. "His most important lectures were on the Indians and on the law of war which taken together comprise an outline, perfect in form and adequate to detail of the modern law of nations and, in the opinion of many, of future international law." See J.B. Scott. Encyc. Soc. Sci. 15:268-269.

NO. 8 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Legnano, Giovanni da. DE BELLO DE REPRESAILIIS ET DE DUELLO. Edited by Thomas Erskine Holland. Introduction by James Brown Scott. Collotype of the Bologna manuscript of circa 1390, with and Extended and Revised Text, Introduction, List of Authorities Cited, together with Photograph of Legnano's Tomb. $115.00 Law Books 29267     Law Books 29267 Law
THE TEXT OF THE BOLOGNA MANUSCRIPT. Translated by J. L. Brierly. A photographic Reproduction of the First Edition of 1477. Washington, D.C. - Oxford University Press 1917.
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This is a fourteenth-century book reproduced by the Carnegie Institute on a lavish scale... Legnano was a very learned Canonist of Bologna...There is a long section on reprisals, which appear to us....to be nearer to what we now call international law than any other part of the treatise...On the whole, Legnano deserves his place, we shall not dispute what place, among the "primitives" of the law of nations. The full text is for the first time published, for the printed book of 1477 proved unsatisfactory on critical examination, and Sir Thomas Holland has not shrunk from the labour of editing the whole afresh from a Bologna MS...and he has not only performed this in the best scholarly fashion, but added a bibliographical account of Legnano's works...L.Q.R. 33:403.

NO. 9 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Gentili, Albercio. HISPANICAE ADVOCATIONIS LIBRI DVO. Introduction by Frank Frost Abbott. Reproduction of the Edition of 1661. New York, Oxford University Press 1921. $100.00 Law Books 29268     Law Books 29268 Law
Volume 2
Gentili, Albercio. THE TWO BOOKS OF THE PLEAS OF A SPANISH ADVOCATE. Translated by Frank Frost Abbott. New York, Oxford University Press 1921. $100.00 Law Books 29269     Law Books 29269 Law
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In 1605, Gentili was appointed standing counsel in England to the King of Spain. The book contains his notes of cases in the service of Spain.
NO. 10 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Pufendorf, Samuel von. DE OFFICIO HOMINIS ET CIVIS JUXTA LEGEM NATURALEM LIBRI DUO. Introduction by Walter Schucking. Reproduction of the Edition of 1682. New York, Oxford University Press 1927. $100.00 Law Books 29270     Law Books 29270 Law
Volume 2
Pufendorf, Sarnuel von. THE TWO BOOKS OF THE DUTY OF MAN AND CITIZEN ACCORDING TO NATURAL LAW. Translated by Frank Gardner Moore. New York, Oxford University Press 1927. $85.00 Law Books 29271     Law Books 29271 Law
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Pufendorf (1623-1694) aims to combine the views of Hobbes and Grotius, yet inclines to the position of the former. According to Grotius, the social impulse urges men to socialize their condition, to found a State and to develop law; according to Hobbes it is fear of mutual extermination that drives men from the troublous primitive condition to the security of civic order. Pufendorf analyses man's natural disposition or nature, and finds a strong natural egoism antagonizing his social impulses; hence the social impulse cannot be accepted unreservedly as giving rise to the State, especially as man is equally endowed with anti-social inclinations. ..In place of Hobbes' motive of fear, Pufendorf advances concern for the future. While Hobbes regards the State as an instrument of protection, Pufendorf regards it as a preventive alliance; the distinction, however, is not a radical one. Berolzheimer:124.

NO. 11 OF THE SERIES
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Bynkershoek, Cornelius van. DE DOMINO MARES DISSERTATIO, Introduction by James Brown Scott. $90.00 Law Books 29272     Law Books 29272 Law
THE MINOR WORKS OF CORNELIUS VAN BYNKERSHOEK, JURISCONSULT AND PRESIDING JUDGE. Translated by Ralph Van Deman Magoffin. Reproduction of the second Edition of 1744. New York, Oxford University Press 1923.
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The Sovereignty of the Sea — The De Dominio Maris deals in a candid and unbiased manner with the much-disputed question of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The writer dispassionately examines in what cases the sea is capable of becoming the subject of sovereignty or exclusive jurisdiction; he discusses the pretensions to dominion that have from time to time, been made by States; he strenuously opposes the doctrine of Gentilis and Selden, and adopts the views of Grotius and Pufendorf as to the common right of nations to liberty of navigation, of commerce, and of fishing in the open sea. Phillipson, C Bynkershoek. MacDonnell: 398.

NO. 12 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Gentili, Alberico. DE LEGATIONIBUS LIBRI TRES. Introduction by Ernest Nys. Reproduction of the 1594 Edition. New York. Oxford University Press 1924. $100.00 Law Books 29273     Law Books 29273 Law
Volume 2
Gentili, Alberico. THREE BOOKS OF EMBASSIES. Introduction translated by E. H. Zydel. Text translated by Gordon J.
Laing. New York. Oxford University Press 1924. $95.00 Law Books 29274     Law Books 29274 Law
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Gentili, while lecturing at Oxford in 1584 was consulted by the English government as to the course to be taken with Mendoza, the Spanish ambassador who was believed to be involved in the plot against Elizabeth. His research was expanded into this book.

NO. 13 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Wolff, Christian von. JUS GENTIUM METHODO SCIENTIFICA PERTRACTATUM. Introduction by Otfried Nippold. Reproduction of the 1764 Edition. Oxford: Clarendon Press, London: Humphrey Milford 1934. $115.00 Law Books 29275     Law Books 29275 Law
Volume 2
Wolff, Christian von. THE LAW OF NATIONS TREATED ACCORDING TO A SCIENTIFIC METHOD. Introduction translated by Francis J. Hemett. Text translated by Joseph H. Drake. Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Humphrey Milford 1934. $125.00 Law Books 24732     Law Books 24732 Law
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In Germany, the gap between Locke and Montesquieu was dominated, so far as politics proper was concerned, by the voluminous and extraordinarily systematic works of Johann Christian Wolff (1679-1754). Wolff in politics as in general philosophy, contributed relatively little of novelty, but made a very considerable impression by the exceedingly great precision with which he formulated and organized his ideas. His political doctrines were no different from those which through Grotius and Pufendorf had been before the world for several generations. Wolff's system was embodied in a treatment of (1) the law of nature, covering the whole matter of ethics, (2) the law of nations, covering all the principles of international relationships, and (3) politics covering the theory of the state...Dunning 11:374-375.
A photographic reproduction of the Latin original and an English translation (by Professor Joseph H. Drake) have been published in the Classics of International Law, Oxford, 1934. This work, first published in 1743, actually is volume 9 of Wolff's 8-volume treatise Ius natureae methodo scientif ca pertactatum (1740-1748) so that the 9 volumes constitute a Jus naturae et gentium. cf. Classics of International Law, no. 13. Einleitung, by Ottried Nippold

NO. 14 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Bynkershoek, Cornelius van. QUAESTONUM JURIS PUBLICS LIBRI DUO. Reproduction of the 1737 Edition. Oxford: Clarendon Press, London: Humphrey Milford 1930. $125.00 Law Books 29276     Law Books 29276 Law
Volume 2
Bynkershoek, Cornelius van. ON QUESTIONS OF PUBLIC LAW TWO BOOKS. Introduction by J. de Louter. Translated by Tenney Frank. Oxford: Clarendon Press, London: Humphrey Milford 1930. $100.00 Law Books 29277     Law Books 29277 Law
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Bynkershoek's attitude to International Law is rigidly legal rather than humanitarian. He concedes extreme powers to belligerents over the person and property of the enemy and draws no distinction between combatants and civilians or public and private property. Unlike Grotius, he refuses in general to consider the justice or injustice of the war as having any bearing upon the rights of the warring States and requires no declaration of war. He regards usage, particularly recent usage as exemplified by the treaties and edicts of his own State, as the main source of international rules, but is not sparing in his criticism of them when they run counter to reason, which to him is the final and immutable arbiter. Of the chapters not dealing with International Law, those on the liability of members of public corporations for the debts of the corporation and on expropriation are the most important. J. W. J. L. Q.R. 48:137.

NO 15 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Pufendorf, Samuel von. ELEMENTORUM JURISPR-UDENTIAE UNIVERSALIS LIBRI DUO. Introduction by Hans Wehberg. Reproduction of the Edition of 1672. Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Humphrey Milford 1931. $125.00 Law Books 31372     Law Books 31372 Law
Volume 2
Pufendorf, Samuel von. THE ELEMENTS OF UNIVERSAL JURISPRUDENCE, TWO BOOKS. Introduction translated by Edwin H. Zeydel. Text translated by William Abbott Oldfather. Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Humphrey Milford 1931. $100.00 Law Books 24733     Law Books 24733 Law
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It is undoubtedly true that Pufendorf has had considerable influence and much that he writes on peace and war has a prophetic flavor as witness his discussion of pacts of mutual assistance and his advocacy of arbitration. As the title of his work implies, the book is by no means confined to the narrow field of international law. Pufendorf was trained as a mathematician and attempts to organize jurisprudence on a mathematical basis. Philip C. Jessup. Pot. Sic. Q. 46:460.
Pufendorf...is a classic. Read him! His clear and logical analyses, his rapid flow of precise thought, amazes you. you spend a few hours in an atmosphere of pure intellectuality which is remote from the petty elements of the "case at Issue" and the "stare decisis." You think. Perhaps you may recreate the habit of thinking. Elbridge Colby. Geo. L. J. 20:166.

NO. 16 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Gentili, Alberico. DE JURE BELLS LIBRI TRES. Reproduction of the Edition of 1612. Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Humphrey Milford 1933. $130.00 Law Books 29279     Law Books 29279 Law
Volume 2
Gentili, Alberico. THREE BOOKS ON THE LAW OF WAR. Introduction by Coleman Phillipson. Translated by John C. Rolfe. Reproduction of the Edition of 1612. Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Humphrey Milford 1933. $125.00 Law Books 29280     Law Books 29280 Law
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In 1588, Gentili, who soon after taking the degree of doctor of Civil Law at the University of Perguia, fled to England on account of his Protestant opinions and whose lectures on Roman law at Oxford during the reign of Queen Elizabeth were famous, published the first part of his De jure belli. With the completion of this memorable work, a new era of international law soon began in Europe. Gentili, says Professor Holland, was the first writer "to grasp as a whole the relations of States one to another, to distinguish international questions from questions with which they are more or less intimately connected, and to attempt their solution entirely independent of the authority" of Pope or Emperor...Sherman 1:261.

NO. 17 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Pufendorf, Samuel von. DE JURE NATURAE ET GENTUM LIBRI OCTO. Introduction by Walter Simons. Reproduction of the Edition of 1688. Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Humphrey Milford 1934. $160.00 Law Books 29282     Law Books 29282 Law
Volume 2
Pufendorf, Samuel von. OF THE LAW OF NATURE AND NATIONS, EIGHT BOOKS. Translated by C. H. Oldfather and W. A. Oldfather. Introduction by Walter Simons. Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Humphrey Milford 1934. $210.00 Law Books 29284     Law Books 29284 Law
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The De Jure Naturae is a large work in eight books which presents an entire system of jurisprudence, private, public, and international, based on the conception of natural law. Pufendorf was a disciple of Grotius and was considered of "first rank" by Kent. However, Kent added that even in his day the work was of very little practical value, being more a treatise upon moral philosophy than on international law. see Kent 1:18 and MacDonnell:310.

NO. 18 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Belli, Pierino. DE RE MILITARI ET BELLO TRACTATUS. Introduction by Arrigo Cavaglieri. Reproduction of the Edition of 1563.Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Humphrey Milford 1936. $100.00 Law Books 29285     Law Books 29285 Law
Volume 2
Belli, Pierino. A TREATISE ON MILITARY MATTERS AND WARFARE. Translated by Herbert C. Nutting. Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Hurnphrey Milford 1936. $115.00 Law Books 29286     Law Books 29286 Law
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...Belli was born of a noble family at Alba in Piedmont in 1502 and spent his life in the service of the Emperor Charles V, King Philip II of Spain, and his own sovereign, the Duke of Savoy, holding high offices of State and taking an active part in military and diplomatic affairs. He thus wrote from experience of affairs and yet seems to have preserved a singularly pure and idealistic outlook. The De Re Militari was written in 1558, sixty-seven years before Grotius' great work. If Belli `s treatise lacks something of the genius that distinguishes its more famous successor it represents nevertheless a real contribution to the foundation of a systematic law of nations...A.P. Fachiri L.Q.R. 53:441.

NO. 19 OF THE SERIES
Volume 1
Wheaton, Henry. ELEMENTS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW. Edited by George Grafton Wilson. Introduction by Arrigo Cavaglieri. Literal Reproduction of the Edition of 1866. Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Humphrey Milford 1936. $135.00 Law Books 26880     Law Books 26880 Law
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On his own merits Wheaton is clearly entitled to rank among the classics. Like Grotius, he embodied a happy combination of profound scholarship with a wide experience of diplomatic and public life, and his work further resembles that of Grotius in that it cannot be classified under the conventional labels of any doctrinal system. His insistence upon the fundamental principles of natural law is balanced by his analysis of practice as the immediate source of the positive law...H.A. Smith. L.Q.R. 307-308.
The student is well aware that the best edition of the text of Wheaton is that prepared and published in 1866 by the late Richard H. Dana, Jr. commonly know as the 8th ed. of Wheaton. J.B. Scott. Henzy Wheaton. Lewis 11:282.

NO. 20 OF THE SERIES
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Suarez, Francisco. SELECTIONS FROM THREE WORKS OF FRANCISCO SUAREZ. Reproductions of Selections from the Original Editions. Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Humphrey Milford 1944. $115.00 Law Books 29290     Law Books 29290 Law
Volume 2
Suarez, Francisco. SELECTIONS FROM THREE WORKS OF FRANCISCO SUAREZ. Introduction by James Brown Scott. Translated by Gwladys L. Williams, Ammi Brown and John Waldron. $150.00 Law Books 29291     Law Books 29291 Law
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The great moral theologians of the sixteenth century (or, as Gierke calls them, "the ecclesiastical writers on Natural Law"), who were occupied with the study of moral and political philosophy in its relations to theology, discussed political philosophy in terms of Natural Law. Conspicuous among them is the great Spanish Jesuit, Suarez, who regarded the Sovereign as the disciple of the law natural. Gierke I:xxxviii.
NO. 21 OF THE SERIES
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Bynkershoek, Cornelius van. DE FORD LEGATORUM LIBER SIGULARIS. A MONOGRAPH ON THE JURISDICTION OVER AMBASSADORS IN BOTH CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES. Introduction by Jan de Louter. Translated by Gordon J. Laing. $100.00 Law Books 29292     Law Books 29292 Law
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Bijnkershoek (1673-1743) was a famous Dutch jurist who found the customary law of his county too inadequate to meet the problems presented in his court. In his attempt to reform the law, he wrote many books based on his research in Roman law. This is one of his more important works.

NO. 22 OF THE SERIES
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Grotius, Hugo. COMMENTARY ON THE LAW OF PRIZE AND BOOTY. Translated by Gwladys L. Williams. Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Humphrey Milford 1950. $115.00 Law Books 29293     Law Books 29293 Law
Volume 2
Grotius, Hugo. DE JURE PRAEDAE COMMENTARIUS. Collotype reproduction of original manuscript of 1604 in the handwriting of Grotius. Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Humphrey Milford 1950. $115.00 Law Books 29294     Law Books 29294 Law
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...Grotius has...been justly considered as the father of the law of nations. He arose like a splendid luminary, dispelling darkness and confusion, and impairing light and security to the intercourse of nations...The object of Grotius was to correct...false and pernicious maxims, by showing a community of sentiment among the wise and learned of all nations and ages, in favour of the natural law of morality. He likewise undertook to show that justice was of perpetual obligation and essential to the well being of every society, and that the great commonwealth of nations stood in need of law, and the observance of faith, and the practice of justice. His object was, to digest in one systematic code, the principles of public right, and to supply authorities for almost every case in the conduct of nations. He had the honour of reducing the law of nations to a system, and of producing a work which has been resorted to as the standard of authority in every succeeding age...Kent 1:16-17.