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3 Primitive Order

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Even if international law is conceived as "world order", the skeptic might question how we could expect to find the seeds of such a modern notion at a time of minimal awareness of the "world". International law is still institutionally incomplete. Legal positivists and political realists compare it unfavorably with highly developed legal systems that operate at national level. The seeking out of antiquity is complicated not only by factual uncertainty but also by the difficulty of evaluating ancient myths that stand in the place of ancient facts. Of these derivative systems of primitive antiquity, it is surely the Egyptian that demands the closest attention as we seek out the earliest evidences of "civilization". Primitive antiquity is too early to find the first evidence of any of the twelve models of contemporary international law. It furnished only a few antecedents that could be recognized today as "elements" of international law.

Keywords:civilization; Egyptian; international law; legal systems; primitive antiquity; world order



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