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Beyond The Law. The Image Of Piracy In The Legal Writings Of Hugo Grotius

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This chapter begins with Hugo Grotius's definition of piracy as part of his typology of dishonourable seizure of spoils. Then, it focuses on the question of who are identified by Grotius as pirates. The third part investigates the topic of sea-robbery as part of the discussion on bellum iustum. Afterwards, it reconstructs the debate of the difference between a sovereign state and a gang of sea-robbers. Then, the chapter focuses on piracy as a phenomenon to historicise natural and international law. After touching the treatment of piracy and property, the chapter finally analyses the difference between privateering and piracy as a main tenet within the framework of the legal theory of Grotius.

Keywords: bellum iustum; Hugo Grotius; international law; legal theory; sea-robbery



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