Tracing the Earliest Recorded Concepts of International Law

The Ancient Near East (2500-330 BCE)

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This book offers a unique survey of legal practices and ideas relating to international relations in the Ancient Near East between 2500 and 330 BCE. Rather than entering into the debate on the continuous development of international law in Antiquity, the book discloses a vast amount of textual material from the Ancient Near East which sheds light on the legal regulation and organization of international relations in different epochs of pre-classical Antiquity. The book is a treasure trove of information for the historian of international law who wants to acquaint himself with the remotest history of international law, while it will also serve the general historian of the Ancient Near East who wants to acquaint himself with the international law of the period.

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Biographical Note

Amnon Altman, Ph.D. (1973) in Ancient Near Eastern studies, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, formerly Professor in the Department of History at that university, is now retired. His publications include The Historical Prologue of the Hittite Vassal Treaties (Ramat-Gan 2004).

Review Quotes

"Cette monographie, soigneusement ouvragée, est manifestement l’oeuvre d’un spécialiste du sujet. L’écriture est souple et claire, la main sûre, l’argumentation ne s’accroche pas uniquement sur la littérature secondaire, les sources premières sont directement exploitées. [...] Le présent ouvrage comble assurément une lacune. [...] [U]n voyage des plus instructifs et intéressants dans les tréfonds du temps, dans une région riche de cultures liées à l’Europe par les ponts des royaumes alexandrins, par l’Égypte, par la tradition biblique, etc. A fine book, riche de contenu et enrichi de passages de sources premières, permettant au lecteur de saisir sur le vif l’air du temps." – Robert Kolb, in: Journal de Droit International - Le Clunet (JDI) 140/1 (Janvier-Février-Mars 2013), pp. 334-337

Table of contents

General Editor's Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgment
List of Abbreviations

Introduction

I The Early Dynastic Period in Southern Mesopotamia (2900-2350 BCE)
1. The geographic and political scene, the actors and the sources
2. War
3. Treaties


II The Old Akkadian and Ur III Periods in Mesopotamia (2350-2004 BCE)

Part I. The Old Akkadian Period
1. The expanded geographic scene and its political regime
2. War
3. Treaties

Part II. The Ur III Period
1. Ur III political scene
2. War
3. Dynastic marriage alliances
4. The legal obligation of gratitude

III The Near East in the Old Babylonian Period (2003-1595 BCE)
1. The political and cultural scene
2. War
3. Treaties
4. Commercial treaties and the status of the traveling merchant
5. Managing conflicts
6. Extradition and asylum
7. Diplomatic law

IV The Near East in the Late Bronze Age (1600-1200 BCE)
1. The political scene
2. War
3. Treaties
4. Dynastic marriage alliances
5. Managing conflicts and state responsibility
6. Refugees and Extradition
7. Diplomatic law

V The Near East 1200 – 330 BCE
1. The political scene
2. War
3. Treaties
4. Rules pertaining to maritime traffic
5. Arbitration
6. Extradition and asylum
7. Diplomatic law

Concluding Remarks

Bibliography
Indexes
A. Texts
B. Designated Texts
C. Treaties and Loyalty Oaths
D. Topics

Readership

Scholars and students engaged in the history of international law and in the field of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern studies, but also to all who are interested in international law in the Ancient Near East.

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