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INSTITUTES OF THE LAW OF NATIONS: A TREATISE OF THE JURAL RELATIONS OF SEPARATE POLITICAL COMMUNITIES

Lorimer, James


Item #: 59367
Published: Edinburgh; William Blackwood and Sons; 1883. Reprinted in 2005.

Subjects: INDIAN LAW (INDIA), INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, POLITICAL SCIENCE, UNITED KINGDOM

Lorimer was Regius Professor of Public Law at the Universityof Edinburgh and a founder of the Institute of InternationalLaw. Critical of utilitarianism, he proposed a system ofpublic international law based on the law of nature. It ismost notable, however, for its elitism, racism and supportof colonialism. Since he believed in a hierarchy of nationsbased on cultural attainment, he rejected the principle ofcomity in international relations as a sufficient basis forinternational law. He used this point to defend the rightof "civilized" nations to ignore the sovereignty of their"primitive" counterparts. Influential in Europe, thistreatise offered a sophisticated argument that stoked theambitions of continental imperialists.Reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

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