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The Evolution Towards A New Jus Gentium: The International Law For Humankind

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Jus gentium had its origins in private law, having subsequently entered also the realm of the conceptual universe of the law of nations. In Ciceros synthesis, true Law ensues from recta ratio, is of universal application, being valid for all nations in all times. Jus gentium was endowed with ethical foundations by the recta ratio, emanating, ultimately, from the universal juridical consciente; the founding fathers of International Law found inspiration in the legacy of the ancient Greeks, followed by those of Cicero and Aquinas, in identifying recta ratio in the very foundations of jus gentium itself. The expansion of subjects of International Law, displaying wide cultural differences, has in the last decades influenced the transformations of International Law and affected the formal process of its elaboration.

Keywords: international law; Jus gentium; recta ratio

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