Monday, April 02, 2018

The Free Sea of Hugo Grotius

The Free Sea of Hugo Grotius

A prodigious learner, Hugo entered the University of Leiden when he was just eleven years old. At age sixteen he published his first book known as ‘Late Antique’ a work on several liberal arts. In 1601 he appointed as historiographer for the states of Holland and in 1607 he became the Advocate general of the Fisc of Holland, Zeeland and Friesland & then as Pensionary of Rotterdam in 1613. Grotius laid the foundations of International Law, based on natural law. It is thought that he was not the first to formulate the international society doctrine, but he was one of the first to define expressly the idea of one society of states, governed not by force or warfare but by actual laws and mutual agreement to enforce those laws.
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