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Towards An International Law Of Responsibility: Early Doctrine By James Crawford, Th Omas Grant, Francesco Messineo

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Any system of law must address the responsibility of its subjects for breaches of their obligations. For a long time, however, responsibility was ignored or touched on only incidentally in international law doctrine. Responsibility would emerge as a discrete topic for study in the late 19th century. The earlier history shows that a considerable change in legal conception was necessary, before this development could take place. Vitoria, Suarez, Bodin and other early writers did not identify responsibility as a legal category. Pierino Belli and Alberico Gentili gave some consideration to the issue of the responsibility of citizens for the wrongs of the sovereign. It is only with Zouche and Samuel von Pufendorf that tentative ideas of international obligations and their breach came to be considered, although still unsystematically.

Keywords: Alberico Gentili; International Law; Pierino Belli; Samuel von Pufendorf; State responsibility; Zouche



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