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Christopher N. Warren

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719342.001.0001

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Jacobean Comedy and the Anagnorisis of Private International Law

Jacobean Comedy and the Anagnorisis of Private International Law

(p.62) 3 Jacobean Comedy and the Anagnorisis of Private International Law
Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680

Christopher N. Warren

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses Shakespeare’s Pericles and The Tempest to show important differences between the comic law of nations and Chapter 1’s epic law of nations. The chapter looks to Renaissance lawyers’ debates over the Roman comedian Plautus to inform the analysis of Plautine Jacobean dramas. It uses the private international law categories of lex loci contractus (law of the place of the contract), lex rei sitae (law of the place where an object is situated), and lex loci delicti commissi (law of the place in which a tort is committed) to introduce an important but little-studied English Admiralty court case alleging that 30,000 crowns worth of goods on a Venetian ship had been stolen by Mediterranean pirates, sold to Turks in Tunis, and then bought by English merchants who transported the goods to England.

Keywords:   piracy, comedy, Plautus, Shakespeare, Gentili, private international law, Pericles, The Tempest

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