ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

woensdag 24 februari 2021

BOOK: Randall LESAFFER and Janne NIJMAN (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Hugo Grotius (Cambridge: CUP, 2021)

(image Hugo Grotius; source: Wikimedia Commons)


The Cambridge Companion to Grotius offers a comprehensive overview of Hugo Grotius (1583–1645) for students, teachers, and general readers, while its chapters also draw upon and contribute to recent specialised discussions of Grotius' oeuvre and its later reception. Contributors to this volume cover the width and breadth of Grotius' work and thought, ranging from his literary work, including his historical, theological and political writing, to his seminal legal interventions. While giving these various fields a separate treatment, the book also delves into the underlying conceptions and outlooks that formed Grotius' intellectual map of the world as he understood it, and as he wanted it to become, giving a new political and religious context to his forays into international and domestic law.

Table of contents:

1. Introduction Randall Lesaffer and Janne E. Nijman
Part I: Grotius in Context:
2. Life and Intellectual Development. An Introductory Biographical Sketch Henk Nellen
3. Grotius as Legal, Political and Diplomatic Official in the Dutch Republic Edwin Rabbie
4. Grotius and the East Indies Peter Borschberg
Part II: Concepts:
5. Virtue Mark Somos
6. Trust (fides) Peter Schröder
7. Natural Law as True Law Meirav Jones
8. Sociability Benjamin Straumann
9. Sovereignty Guus Van Nifterik
10. Church and State Harm-Jan Van Dam
11. Predestination Camilla Boisen
12. Rights Francesca Iurlaro
13. Rights Laurens Winkel
14. Property, Trade and Empire Andrew Fitzmaurice
Part III: Grotius as Man of Letters, Theologian and Political Writer:
15. Literary Writings Arthur Eyffinger
16. Historical Writings Jan Waszink
17. Theological Writings Oliver O'Donovan
18. Political Writings Hans Blom
Part IV: Grotius as a Legal Scholar:
19. Legal Scholastic and Humanist Influences on Grotius Alain Wijffels
20.Grotius' Introduction to Hollandic Jurisprudence Wouter Druwé
21. The Laws of War- and Peace-Making Randall Lesaffer
22. The Law of Armed Conflict Stephen C. Neff
23. The Freedom of the Seas William E. Butler
24. Property Bart Wauters
25. The Law of Contract and Treaties Paolo Astorri
26. Punishment and Crime Dennis Klimchuk
Part V: The Reception of Grotius:
27. Grotius and the Enlightenment Marco Barducci
28. Grotian Revivals in the Theory and History of International Law Ignacio de la Rasilla
29. Grotius in International Relations Theory William Bain.

On the editors:

Randall Lesaffer, Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands Randall Lesaffer is Professor of Legal History at KU Leuven in Belgium and at Tilburg University in The Netherlands. His research focuses on the history of the early-modern law of nations in Europe, as well as the history of modern international law. He is the general editor of The Cambridge History of International Law, Oxford Historical Treaties and an editor of The Journal of the History of International Law. He is president of the Grotiana Foundation (; Janne E. Nijman, Universiteit van Amsterdam Janne E. Nijman is Professor of History and Theory of International Law at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and academic director of the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague. She is also Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She has published on Hugo Grotius, and she is an editor on the board of Grotiana and a board member of the Grotiana Foundation (

(source: CUP