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This chapter discusses the inaugural dissertation of the first ex officio professor of natural law in Denmark, Andreas Hojer: the 1735 Dissertatio iuris publici universalis de eo quod iure belli licet in minores. In doing so, it seeks to shed light on a little-known figure in the early Danish enlightenment, albeit one who was very influential in his day. It explains why Hojer chose what, on the face of it, seems a detail of the law of nations, by discussing the dissertation against the political and polemical background of Denmark-Norway’s participation in the Great Northern War. It is argued that Hojer’s dissertation illustrates the need for academic expertise in defending the political interests of the Danish absolute monarchs, particularly against the dukes of Holstein-Gottorp to the south, and that this concern was instrumental to Hojer’s appointment. While Hojer endeavoured to fulfil this role, his dissertation also reveals an interest in drawing out the full consequences of the conceptual framework of natural law, an interest that was unique, and controversial, in the intellectual context of early-eighteenth-century Copenhagen.

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In: The Law of Nations and Natural Law 1625–1800
In: A Humanist in Reformation Politics
In: A Humanist in Reformation Politics
In: A Humanist in Reformation Politics
In: A Humanist in Reformation Politics
In: A Humanist in Reformation Politics
In: A Humanist in Reformation Politics