War and Peace

Alberico Gentili and the Early Modern Law of Nations


This treatise investigates the emergence of the early modern law of nations, focusing on Alberico Gentili’s contribution to the same. A religious refugee and Regius Professor at the University of Oxford, Alberico Gentili (1552–1608) lived in difficult times of religious wars and political persecution. He discussed issues that were topical in his lifetime and remain so today, including the clash of civilizations, the conduct of war, and the maintenance of peace. His idealism and political pragmatism constitute the principal reasons for the continued interest in his work. Gentili’s work is important for historical record, but also for better analysing and critically assessing the origins of international law and its current developments, as well as for elaborating its future trajectories.

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Valentina Vadi, Ph.D. (2009), European University Institute, is a Professor of International Law at Lancaster University, United Kingdom. She has published more than eighty articles in top journals, and several edited collections and monographs in various areas of public international law.
Foreword by David Sugarman F.R. Hist. S.
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1 The Varied Fortunes of Alberico Gentili
 1.2Methodological Framework
 1.3Chapter Plan
 1.4The Fame and Fortunes of Alberico Gentili
 1.5The State of the Art
 1.6Key Challenges

2 The Adventurous Life of Alberico Gentili
 2.2The Early Years in San Ginesio
 2.3Studying Law at the University of Perugia
 2.4The Italian Reformation
 2.5Gentili’s Religious Belief
 2.6Fleeing to London
 2.7The Oxonian Years
 2.8Family Life
 2.9Advocate at the Admiralty Court

3 Gentili, International Law, and the Humanities
 3.2The Sixteenth-Century Revolution in the Methodology of Law
 3.3From Mos GallicusandMos Italicus towards theUsus Modernus
 3.4Gentili’s Sources
 3.5Gentili’s Method
 3.6Gentili and the Humanities
 3.7The Gentilian Sonnets
 3.8Debating Theatre in Elizabethan England
 3.9Dialectical Antinomies

4 Gentili and the Law of Nations
 4.2The Founder(s) of International Law
 4.3The Notion of International Community
 4.4The Notion ofIus Gentium
 4.5Diplomatic Law
 4.6The Settlement of International Disputes
 4.7The Secularization of Legal Theory
 4.8Final Remarks

5 Gentili and the Law of War
 5.2De iure belli
  5.2.1 Defining War
  5.2.2 The Causes of War
  5.2.3 Neutrality
  5.2.4 TheIus in Bello233
  5.2.5 TheIus Post Bellum239
 5.3Freedom of Religion
 5.4Preventive War
 5.5The Balance of Power
 5.6Critical Assessment

6 Gentili and the Law of the Sea
 6.2The Sea: Between Freedom and Sovereignty
  6.2.1 The Freedom of the High Seas
  6.2.2 The Territorial Sea
  6.2.3 Impact
 6.3The Freedom of Communication, Movement and Commerce
  6.3.1 The Freedom of Communication
  6.3.2 The Freedom of Movement
  6.3.3 The Freedom of Commerce
 6.4Piracy and Privateering
 6.5Advocacy at the High Court of Admiralty
 6.6Critical Assessment

7 Gentili and the Injustice of Empire
 7.2Cultural Diversity and the Law of Nations
  7.2.1 The Challenge of Cultural Diversity
  7.2.2 Slavery and Freedom
  7.2.3 Gross Violations of Natural Law
  7.2.4 Critical Assessment
 7.3The (Il)legitimacy of European Expansion
  7.3.1 Discovery
  7.3.2 Occupation
  7.3.3 Ius Praedicandi369
  7.3.4 Freedom of Movement
  7.3.5 Just War
  7.3.6 Converging Divergences
 7.4The Roman Model: Empire or Commonwealth?
  7.4.1 The Wars of the Romans
  7.4.2 Diverging Interpretations
  7.4.3 International Law and Empire
 7.5TheRegales Disputationes
  7.5.1 The Emergence of Absolutism and the Royal Disputations
  7.5.2 Conceptualizing Sovereignty
  7.5.3 The Royal Prerogative
  7.5.4 Taming the Leviathan?
  7.5.5 Critical Assessment
  7.5.6 Epilogue: Gentili and Hobbes
 7.6Critical Assessment

8 Alberico Gentili and Hugo Grotius
 8.2Comparing Gentili and Grotius’ Respective Works
 8.3Diverging Writing Styles
 8.4On Method
 8.5Converging Arguments?
 8.6Critical Assessment
The book will be of interest to international lawyers, political theorists, and international legal historians.
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