Hugo Grotius On the Law of War and Peace: Student Edition

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $32.98
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 25%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $32.98   
  • New (9) from $32.98   
  • Used (2) from $38.05   


Despite its significant influence on international law, international relations, natural law and political thought in general, Grotius's Law of War and Peace has been virtually unavailable for many decades. Stephen Neff's edited and annotated version of the text rectifies this situation. Containing the substantive portion of the classic text, but shorn of extraneous material, this edited and annotated edition of one of the classic works of Western legal and political thought is intended for students and teachers in four primary areas: history of international law, history of political thought, history of international relations and history of philosophy.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Neff's new student edition offers an excellent balance between authenticity, affordability and access to the original text.' Christopher J. Finlay, International Affairs
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521128124
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: Student
  • Pages: 546
  • Sales rank: 1,039,313
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen C. Neff is a Reader in Public International Law at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh. His subject area is the history of public international law.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction; On the Law of War and Peace: prologue; Book I: 1. What is war? What is law?; 2. Whether it is ever lawful to wage war; 3. Distinction between public and private war, explanation of sovereignty (Summi imperii); 4. War of subjects against superiors; Book II: 1. The causes of war: first, defence of self and property; 2. Of things which belong to men in common; 3. Of original acquisitions of things, with special reference to the sea and rivers; 4. On assumed abandonment of ownership and occupation consequent thereon, and wherein this differs from ownership by usucaption and by prescription; 5. On the original acquisition of rights over persons. Herein are treated the rights of parents, marriage, associations, and the rights over subjects and slaves; 6. On secondary acquisition of property by the act of man, also, alienation of sovereignty and of the attributes of sovereignty; 7. On derivative acquisition of property which takes place in accordance with law, and herein, intestate succession; 8. On acquisitions commonly said to be by the law of nations; 9. When sovereignty or ownership ceases; 10. On the obligation which arises from ownership; 11. On promises; 12. On contracts; 13. On oaths; 14. On promises, contracts, and oaths of those who hold sovereign power; 15. On treaties and sponsions; 16. On interpretation; 17. On damage caused through injury, and the obligation arising therefrom; 18. On the right of legation; 19. On the right of sepulchre; 20. On punishments; 21. On the sharing of punishments; 22. On unjust causes of wars; 23. On doubtful causes of wars; 24. Warnings not to undertake war rashly, even for just causes; 25. On the causes of undertaking war on behalf of others; 26. On just causes for war waged by those who are under the rule of another; Book III: 1. General rules from the law of nature regarding what is permissible in war, with a consideration of ruses and falsehood; 2. How by the law of nations the goods of subjects may be held for the debt of their rulers, and therein, on reprisals; 3. On war that is lawful or public according to the law of nations, and therein, on the declaration of war; 4. On the right of killing enemies in a public war, and on other violence against the person; 5. Of devastation and pillage; 6. On the right of acquiring things taken in war; 7. On the right over prisoners of war; 8. On the right to rule over the conquered; 9. On postliminy; 10. Cautions in regard to things which are done in an unlawful war; 11. Moderation with respect to the right of killing in a lawful war; 12. Moderation in laying waste and similar things; 13. Moderation in regard to captured property; 14. Moderation in regard to prisoners of war; 15. Moderation in the acquisition of sovereignty; 16. Moderation in regard to those things which by the law of nations have not the right of postliminy; 17. On those who are of neither side in war; 18. On acts done by individuals in a public war; 19. On good faith between enemies; 20. On the good faith of states, by which war is ended, also on the working of peace treaties, on decision by lot, on combat by agreements, on arbitration, surrender, hostages and pledges; 21. On good faith during war, herein also concerning a truce, the right of safe-conduct, and the ransom of prisoners; 22. On the good faith of subordinate powers in war; 23. On good faith of private persons in war; 24. On implied good faith; 25. Conclusion, with admonitions on behalf of good faith and peace.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)