Study of Vitoria by a Leading Figure in Twentieth-Century International Law Scott, James Brown [1866-1943]. The Spanish Origin of International Law. Francisco De Vitoria and His Law of Nations. Oxford: At the Clarendon Press,/London: Humphrey Milford, 1934. 19a, 288, , clviii pp. Portrait frontispiece. Original cloth, light shelfwear and soiling with minor wear to spine ends and corners, hinges cracked, internally clean. Ex-library. Shelf label to spine, security tag to front board, library stamps and markings to boards, edges, endleaves and title page. $30 * Francisco de Vitoria [c.1483-1546] was a founder of international law. Scott holds that Vitoria's doctrines, popularized in his important Reflectiones, De Indis Noviter Inventis and De Jure Belli (the text of these are included in the appendix), are in fact the first works to address the law of nations, which was to become the international law of Christendom and the world at large. Vitoria held that pagans were entitled to freedom and property, declared slavery to be unsound and upheld the rights of Indians. He also questioned the legitimacy of Spain's recent conquest of the New World. This was the source of his thesis that the community of nations transcends Christendom.
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