Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Hugo Grotius and the Roots of Human Rights Law

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter encourages young scholars to trace the 'roots' of international human rights law, not only in Western traditional philosophy, but also in the cultures of Asia and Africa. Hugo Grotius was the first one to attempt a systematisation of international legal concepts. Grotius argued that society and law existed to protect natural rights, including private rights, which are "concerned with the interests of individuals". Grotius managed to combine ethics and law in his writing; and further that the 'Grotian tradition' in international law includes the total subjection of international relations to the rule of law, the rejection of the 'reason of State' argument as a general rule of exception, the affirmation of fundamental rights and freedoms, the promotion of the idea of peace, and the tradition of idealism and progress.

Keywords: Grotian tradition; Hugo Grotius; idealism; roots of International human rights law



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Human Rights Law: From Dissemination to Application — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation