Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
System, Order, and International LawThe Early History of International Legal Thought from Machiavelli to Hegel$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Stefan Kadelbach, Thomas Kleinlein, and David Roth-Isigkeit

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198768586

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768586.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 29 January 2020

Emer de Vattel on the Society of Nations and the Political System of Europe

Emer de Vattel on the Society of Nations and the Political System of Europe

(p.263) 13 Emer de Vattel on the Society of Nations and the Political System of Europe
System, Order, and International Law

Simone Zurbuchen

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to explain why considering Vattel as a founding father of positivism rests on a misunderstanding. Despite the continuous attention Vattel received in the scholarly literature as well as in the diplomatic and juridical practice, especially in the United States, his legacy remained highly contested ever since his treatise The Law of Nations was first published in 1758. One reason is its indebtedness to the modern natural law tradition but also to Vattel’s originality, mainly due to the significance he attributed to the sovereign state as a free and independent member of the society of nations. Vattel established many dualisms to develop his very broad notion of the law of nations: he applied the law of nations to the ‘political system’ of Europe, which he considered a kind of republic instituted for maintaining order and liberty and founded on the scheme of the balance of power.

Keywords:   Emer de Vattel, law of nations, positivism, modern natural law, political system of Europe

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .