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. (10" x 7-3/4"). Engraved portrait frontispiece of Andrew Carnegie to whom this title is dedicated, "Whose Benefactions have made it possible to publish The Classics of International Law." Engraved portrait of Christopher Columbus facing page 3. Publications of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Division of International Law Washington. Publisher's mustard cloth hardcover, with black stamped spine lettering, very light shelfwear and soiling. Bookplate on front pastedown. A very good copy. $95. * First edition. 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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