Vattel's International Law from a XXIst Century Perspective / Le Droit International de Vattel vu du XXIe Siècle

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No other scholar has so deeply influenced the development of international law or shaped the doctrinal debates as Vattel. More than 250 years after its publication, his Law of Nations has remained the most frequently quoted treatise of international law.

Vattel's International Law from a XXIst Century Perspective explores the reasons behind the extraordinary authority of Vattel and analyses its continuing relevance for thinking and understanding contemporary international law. It gathers the contributions from well-known experts of international law and history for the purpose of evaluating the Law of Nations from a XXIst century perspective. The multiple facets of Vattel’s thinking are apprehended through a wide-ranging and comprehensive analysis respectively devoted to the international system, the sources of international law, the subjects of international law, the law of peace, and the law of war.

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Biographical Note

Vincent Chetail is Associate Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He is Research Director at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and at the Programme for the Study of Global Migration. He has published on various fields of international law, including legal theory, human rights, refugee law and collective security.

Peter Haggenmacher is Emeritus Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He has published on general international law, the history and philosophy of international law and Grotius.

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION : Le modèle de Vattel et la discipline du droit international, Peter Haggenmacher

PART I. VATTEL AND THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM / VATTEL ET LE SYSTÈME INTERNATIONAL
1.‘International Community’ from Dante to Vattel, Martti Koskenniemi
2. De la balance politique et de ses rapports avec le droit des gens : Vattel, la ‘guerre pour l’équilibre’ et le système européen, Bruno Arcidiacono
3. Vattel, Rousseau et la question de la ‘justice’ de la guerre, Gabriella Silvestrini

PART II. THE SOURCES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW / LES SOURCES DU DROIT INTERNATIONAL
4. Les dualismes du Droit des gens, Emmanuelle Jouannet
5. Vattel et le droit des traités, Pierre-Marie Dupuy
6. Lauterpacht and Vattel on the Sources of International Law: The Place of Private Law Analogies and General Principles, Amanda Perreau-Saussine

PART III. THE SUBJECTS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW / LES SUJETS DU DROIT INTERNATIONAL
7. Vattel’s Natural Liberty of Conscience of Nations in a New Age of Belief and Faith, Anthony Carty
8. Les compétences territoriales, Giovanni Distefano
9. Vattel and Colonialism: Some Preliminary Observations, Antony Anghie

PART IV. THE LAW OF PEACE / LE DROIT DE LA PAIX
10. Vattel and the Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes, Lucius Caflisch
11. Le droit des relations commerciales : entre mercantilisme et libéralisme, Tabrizi Ben Salah
12. Vattel et le droit des relations diplomatiques : un précurseur du droit diplomatique contemporain, Eric Wyler

PART V. THE LAW OF WAR / LE DROIT DE LA GUERRE
13. Vattel et le ius ad bellum, Slim Laghmani
14. Vattel and the Laws of War: A Tale of Three Circles, Stephen C. Neff
15. Neutrality and Alliances, Stefan Oeter
16. A Schoolmaster Abolishing Homework? Vattel on Peacemaking and Peace Treaties, Randall Lesaffer

CONCLUSION

Vattel et la sémantique du droit des gens : une tentative de reconstruction critique
Vincent Chetail
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