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Catholic and Reformed Traditions in International Law: A Comparison Between the Suarezian and the Grotian Concept of Ius Gentium Paulo Emilio Vauthier Borges de Macedo.

Catholic and Reformed Traditions in International Law: A Comparison Between the Suarezian and the Grotian Concept of Ius Gentium Paulo Emilio Vauthier Borges de Macedo

Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2017 (319 pages)

This monograph examines the contributions of Francisco Suarez and Hugo Grotius to international law and, specifically, to the concept of the law of nations. Paulo Emilio Vauthier Borges de Macedo seeks not only to expound the concept of ius gentium in the works of Suarez and Grotius but also to correct certain claims about the relationship between their concepts. In at least two ways, the author seeks to walk a fine line of interpretation. First, he seeks to show that their concepts of ius gentium retain traditional universal and normative features from the natural law tradition, but their concepts also depart from that tradition by locating ius gentium in positive law. Hence both authors argue that the scope of ius gentium is (almost) as broad as natural law, though it is not merely subjective or dependent on the will of states (306, 308). Second, Vauthier Borges de Macedo seeks to walk the line of finding significant influence of Suarez upon Grotius while not exaggerating the extent of this influence. This is an especially fine line given the paucity of Grotius's references to Suarez and the temptation to attribute influence where perhaps there is simply convergence of ideas. Readers with expertise in the fields of legal and theological history will have to judge whether the author succeeds in these endeavors. A final technical note: the book ought to have been more carefully copyedited by a native English speaker. Although the writing is still intelligible, the deficiencies of grammar and style at times distract from the argument.

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Publication:Journal of Markets & Morality
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Date:Mar 22, 2019
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