Friday, May 5, 2017

Malaspina on Vattel's "Droit des Gens"

[We have the following announcement of the latest from the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History.]

Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina, L'eterno ritorno del Droit des gens di Emer de Vattel (secc. XVIII-XIX): L'impatto sulla cultura giuridica in prospettiva globale, Global Perspectives on Legal History 8 (Frankfurt am Main: Max Planck Institute for European Legal History 2017).  364 p., € 17,69 D.  ISBN: 978-3-944773-07-0.  Open Access Online EditionPrint-on-demand.

The numerous editions and early translations produced throughout the eighteenth century enabled the broad dissemination of Emer de Vattel's juridical-political work Droit des gens. This book investigates the global impact of the Droit des gens with regard to the different political realities, the historical and legal contexts as well as the attempts, mechanisms and strategies used to put these ideas into practice and establish new doctrine between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The Droit des gens had an extremely diverse impact, owing to its varied reception in different political situations, historical and legal contexts, and attempts at practical and theoretical implementation. The fact that Vattel's book was a point of reference for a considerable number of jurists and politicians further demonstrates its authority in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The question naturally arises whether the continuous references to the work may be regarded as "typical citations of style", simply confined to referencing Vattel's thought, or whether they are a clear sign of a deeper significance; one springing directly from the characteristics of the Droit des gens, with its capacity to organise and regulate the State in its domestic and international relations.

With L'eterno ritorno del Droit des gens di Emer de Vattel (secc. XVIII-XIX) by Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History presents the newest publication in its book series "Global Perspectives on Legal History."  As its title suggests, the series is designed to advance the scholarly research of legal historians worldwide who seek to transcend the established boundaries of national legal scholarship that typically sets the focus on a single, dominant modus of normativity and law. The series aims to privilege studies dedicated to reconstructing the historical evolution of normativity from a global perspective.  It includes monographs, editions of sources, and collaborative works. All titles in the series are available both as premium print-on-demand and in the open-access format.  More information on the series and forthcoming volumes.

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