Corporations Should be Held Liable for Violations of the Law of Nations

law of nations.gbip::beforecontent:url(https://ssl.gstatic.com/gb/images/silhouette_96.png)@media (min-resolution:1.25dppx),(-o-min-device-pixel-ratio:5/4),(-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio:1.25),(min-device-pixel-ratio:1.25).gbii::beforecontent:url(https://ssl.gstatic.com/gb/images/silhouette_27.png).gbip::beforelaw of nationsBlackstone and the other eighteenth century writers cited by Natelson make the former claim, but not the latter. These arguments underwent additional modification following the rise of the fashionable nation-state with its explicit declare to sovereignty and the increasing cases of warfare between such states after the Reformation. The impact was to generate an appropriation and rethinking of the ideas of the ius gentium as a part of the general public international legislation designed to govern relations between sovereign nation-states after the Treaty of Westphalia (1648). In the works of Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) the connection of the ius gentium to the natural law stays, but is much less evident than in Suárez’s writings. Grotius sought to find “a body of regulation that is maintained between states” which was conceptually distinct from the civil law of states and grounded in “the regulation of nature and nations”.[20] Grotius didn’t deny that the pure law must be the idea for relations between sovereign states.

Return to Text. [forty nine] Vattel, Law of Nations, Book II, chapter IV. Return to Text. [47] Vattel, Law of Nations, Book I, chapter III, 37. Return to Text.

[seventy eight] Vattel, Law of Nations, Book III, chapter 7, 120. Return to Text. [seventy six] Vattel, Law of Nations, Book III, chapter 7, 119. Return to Text. [75] Vattel.

By distinction, Pufendorf and Wolff insisted on the state’s discretion to refuse admission of aliens as a consequence of its territorial sovereignty. Yet, in-between these two completely different … Read More