Empire and International Law: The Real Spanish Contribution

  title={Empire and International Law: The Real Spanish Contribution},
  author={Martti Antero Koskenniemi},
  journal={University of Toronto Law Journal},
  pages={1 - 36}
  • M. Koskenniemi
  • Published 25 February 2011
  • History
  • University of Toronto Law Journal
The Spanish Scholastics of the sixteenth century are generally known as the precursors of Hugo Grotius in the application of natural law and the law of nations (ius gentium) to the political relations of early modern states. Their writings on the American Indians have been read as especially significant for the formation of the humanist–colonialist legacy of (European) international law. I have no quarrel with these views. This essay will, however, claim that the principal legacy of the… 

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