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    Adam Smith’s Unfinished Grotius Business, Grotius’s Novel Turn to Ancient Law, and the Genealogical Fallacy.Benjamin Straumann - 2017 - Grotiana 38 (1):211-228.
    _ Source: _Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 211 - 228 In this Reply, I argue that _pace_ Knud Haakonssen it is dubious that Adam Smith managed to ‘blow up’ Hugo Grotius’s universalist system of natural jurisprudence. Rather, Smith emerges as a closet rationalist who put forward crypto-normative universalist claims himself and found that he could not in the end improve upon Grotius’s system. Grotius was not seen by Smith as a ‘casuist’ _tout court_. I try to give an explanation for (...)
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    The State of Nature and Commercial Sociability in Early Modern International Legal Thought.Benjamin Straumann & Benedict Kingsbury - 2010 - Grotiana 31 (1):22-43.
    At the same time as the modern idea of the state was taking shape, Hugo Grotius , Thomas Hobbes and Samuel Pufendorf formulated three distinctive foundational approaches to international order and law beyond the state. They differed in their views of obligation in the state of nature , in the extent to which they regarded these sovereign states as analogous to individuals in the state of nature, and in the effects they attributed to commerce as a driver of sociability and (...)
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    Natural Rights and Roman Law in Hugo Grotius's Theses LVI, De Iure Praedae and Defensio Capitis Quinti Maris Liberi.Benjamin Straumann - 2007 - Grotiana 26 (1):341-365.
    Roman property law and Roman contract law as well as the property centered Roman ethics put forth by Cicero in several of his works were the traditions Grotius drew upon in developing his natural rights system. While both the medieval just war tradition and Grotius's immediate political context deserve scholarly attention and constitute important influences on Grotius's natural law tenets, it is a Roman tradition of subjective legal remedies and of just war which lays claim to a foundational role with (...)
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    H. Beck, A. Duplá, M. Jehne, F. Pina Polo Consuls and Res Publica. Holding High Office in the Roman Republic. Pp. X + 376. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Cased, £65, US$110. ISBN: 978-1-107-00154-1.F. Pina Polo The Consul at Rome. The Civil Functions of the Consuls in the Roman Republic. Pp. X + 379, Ills. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Cased, £65, US$110. ISBN: 978-0-521-19083-1. [REVIEW]Benjamin Straumann - 2013 - The Classical Review 63 (1):174-178.
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    The Peace of Westphalia as a Secular Constitution.Benjamin Straumann - 2008 - Constellations 15 (2):173-188.
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    “Ancient Caesarian Lawyers” in a State of Nature.Benjamin Straumann - 2006 - Political Theory 34 (3):328-350.
    This article examines Grotius’s use of a Roman tradition to establish his notion of a natural and international law in his early treatise De iure praedae. It is argued that De iure praedae, on a methodological level, constituted an attempt to introduce a new doctrine of sources of law by making use of the method of classical rhetoric. On a substantive level, the treatise must be seen as growing out of a Ciceronian tradition of natural law arguments in favor of (...)
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    Justifying private property. Garnseypenser la propriété. De l'antiquité jusqu'à l'ère Des revolutions. Translated byalexandre hasnaoui. Pp. 366.Paris:Les belles lettres,2013 . Paper, €26.90. Isbn:978-2-251-38118-3. [REVIEW]Benjamin Straumann - 2014 - The Classical Review 64 (2):620-622.
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    Early Modern Sovereignty and Its Limits.Benjamin Straumann - 2015 - Theoretical Inquiries in Law 16 (2):423-446.
    My Article seeks to explore a few antecedents of the idea that sovereignty may be encumbered with some obligations and duties vis-à-vis non-sovereigns and even strangers. Theories about limitations on sovereignty and obligations on the part of sovereigns often arose out of the fertile conceptual ground of Roman private law, in particular rules of property law governing usufruct and rules of contract law, such as those governing mandate. Early modern thinkers, especially Hugo Grotius, built on these ideas and, in addition, (...)
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    Constitutional Thought in the Late Roman Republic.Benjamin Straumann - 2011 - History of Political Thought 32 (2):280-292.
    Emergency powers are widely held to have contributed in important ways to the Roman Republic's demise and to the erection of the Principate. The debate waged during the late Republic over such powers is certainly one of the most prominent features in late Republican political thought and controversy, and it would be hard to overlook the fact that it was a debate over constitutional principle. Taking seriously the constitutional character of that debate, this article seeks to answer the question of (...)
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    Annie Allély, La Déclaration D’Hostis Sous la République Romaine.Benjamin Straumann - 2015 - Klio 97 (1):353-356.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Klio Jahrgang: 97 Heft: 1 Seiten: 353-356.
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  11. State of Nature Versus Commercial Sociability as the Basis of International Law: Reflections on the Roman Foundations and Current Interpretations of the International Political and Legal Thought of Grotius, Hobbes and Pufendorf.Benedict Kingsbury & Benjamin Straumann - 2010 - In Samantha Besson & John Tasioulas (eds.), The Philosophy of International Law. Oxford University Press.