The Spanish Origin of International Law. Fracisco De Vitoria and His
Scott, James Brown. The Spanish Origin of International Law. Francisco De Vitoria and His Law of Nations. London: Humphrey Milford, 1934. Reprint:[Delran]: [The Legal Classics Library], . 19a, 288, clviii pp. Frontispiece and portrait. Full leather, hardcover. Decorative extra gilt stamped cover and spine. Raised bands, all edges gilt. Bookplate on front pastedown else, fine. $35. * 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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