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Hugo Grotius and International Relations$
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Hedley Bull, Benedict Kingsbury, and Adam Roberts

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198277712

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198277717.001.0001

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Grotius and Gentili: A Reassessment of Thomas E. Holland's Inaugural Lecture 1

Grotius and Gentili: A Reassessment of Thomas E. Holland's Inaugural Lecture 1

(p.133) 4 Grotius and Gentili: A Reassessment of Thomas E. Holland's Inaugural Lecture1
Hugo Grotius and International Relations

Peter Haggenmacher

Oxford University Press

Alberico Gentili (1552–1608), an Italian who worked at Oxford between 1580 and 1600, has some claim to dispute with Grotius regarding the title of ‘father of international law’. This claim was advanced by Professor Thomas Erskine Holland in a lecture in Oxford in 1874. Gentili's writings on the law of nations (especially his volumes on De Jure Belli), and the place they occupy in Grotius's works and letters, suggest that Gentili was a major influence on, and was at least as modern as, his Dutch successor. He is a major figure in the history of international law, the emergence of which was a collective creation of many writers over more than a century.

Keywords:   De Jure Belli, Alberico Gentili, history of international law, Thomas E. Holland, law of nations, Oxford

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