Linked bibliography for the SEP article "Hugo Grotius" by Jon Miller

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Primary Texts and Translations

N.B.: This is but a small selection of Grotius' more important works. For a more complete catalogue, see ter Meulen and Diermanse (1950).

  • Mare liberum (Leiden: Elzevier, 1609). Reprinted and translated many times since. The translation and edition by Ralph van Deman Magoffin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1916) contains a facsimile of the 1633 edition. See also the recently published The Free Sea; trans. by Richard Hakluyt with William Welwod's critique and Grotius's reply, edited and with an introduction by David Armitage (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2004). (Scholar)
  • De iure belli ac pacis libri tres (Paris: Buon, 1625). Reprinted and translated many times since. Jean Barbeyrac's 1735 edition, with extensive notes and commentary, was the most important; it was translated into English and published in London by Innys et al. in 1738. It has been recently reprinted as The Rights of War and Peace, Books I-III, edited and with an introduction by Richard Tuck (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005). Another commonly used edition and translation is by Frank W. Kelsey et al. for the Classics of International Law series (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1925). Kelsey's version is printed with a facsimile of the 1646 edition. (Scholar)
  • Annales et Historiae de Rebus Belgicis (Amsterdam: Blaeu, 1657). Translated by T. Manley (London: Twyford and Paulet, 1665). (Scholar)
  • Opera omnia theologica (London: Moses Pitt, 1679).
  • De iure praedae commentarius, ed. by G. Hamaker (The Hague: Nijhoff, 1868). The most commonly used edition and translation is by G.L. Williams et al. for the Classics of International Law series (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1950). Williams' version is printed along with a collotype of Grotius' manuscript. (Scholar)
  • Briefwisseling van Hugo Grotius, ed. by P.C. Molhuysen et al. (The Hague: Nijhoff, 1928–2001).
  • Grotius Reader: A Reader for Students of International Law and Legal History, ed. by L.E. van Holk and C.G. Roelofsen (The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Instituut, 1983).
  • The Antiquity of the Batavian Republic (Assen, the Netherlands: Royal van Gorcum, 2000). Ed. and trans. by Jan Waszink et al. (Scholar)

Select Secondary Literature

N.B.: In addition to the following (which emphasizes English-language literature), interested readers should also consult the scholarly journal Grotiana (new series), which regularly publishes articles in several languages on all aspects of Grotius' thought and legacy.


  • [anonymous]. (1984). (ed.) The World of Hugo Grotius (Amsterdam and Maarssen: APA—Holland University Press).
  • Asser Instituut. (1985). (eds.) International Law and the Grotian Heritage (The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Instituut).
  • Blom, Hans W. (2009). (ed.) Property, Piracy and Punishment: Hugo Grotius on War and Booty in De Iure Praedae—Concepts and Contexts (Leiden: Brill).
  • Blom, Hans W., and Winkel, Laurens. (2004). (eds.) Grotius and the Stoa (Assen, the Netherlands: Royal Van Gorcum).
  • Bull, Hedley, et al. (1990). (eds.) Hugo Grotius and International Relations (Oxford: Clarendon Press).
  • Dunn, John, and Harris, Ian. (1997). (eds.) Grotius, vols. 1–2 (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing). (N.B.: This large collection reprints a number of the articles cited individually below.)
  • Onuma, Yasuaki. (1993). (ed.) A Normative Approach to War (Oxford: Clarendon Press).


  • Eyffinger, A.C., et al. (1983). The Grotius Collection at the Peace Palace: A Concise Catalogue (The Hague: Peace Palace Library). (Scholar)
  • Molhuysen, Philippus Christianus. (1943). “De Bibliotheek van Hugo de Groot in 1618,” Mededeelingen der Nederlandsche Akademie van Wetenschappen, Afdeeling Letterkunde, Nieuwe reeks, dl. 6, no. 3. (N.B.: This is a list of books in Grotius' possession in 1618.) (Scholar)
  • ter Meulen, Jacob, and Diermanse, P.J.J. (1950). Bibliographie des écrits imprimés de Hugo Grotius (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff). (Scholar)
  • ––– (1961). Bibliographie des écrits sur Hugo Grotius imprimés au XVIIe sicle (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff). (Scholar)
  • Willems, J.C.M. (1980, 1981, ongoing). Grotiana (new series), vols. 1, 2, etc.


  • Bayle, Pierre. (1720). “Grotius,” in Dictionaire historique et critique, 3rd ed. (Rotterdam: Michel Bohm). (Scholar)
  • Brandt, Caspar, and Cattenburgh, Adriaan van. (1732). Historie van het leven des heeren Huig de Groot, 2nd ed. (Dordrecht and Amsterdam: Van Braam en onder der Linden). (Scholar)
  • Dumbauld, Edward. (1969). The Life and Legal Writings of Hugo Grotius (Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press). (Scholar)
  • Edwards, Charles. (1981). Hugo Grotius (Chicago: Nelson-Hall). (Scholar)
  • Holk, L.E. van. (1983). “Hugo Grotius, 1583–1645, A Biographical Sketch,” in van Holk and Roelofsen (1983): 23–44. (Scholar)
  • Knight, W.S.M. (1925). The Life and Works of Hugo Grotius (London: Sweet and Maxwell Publishers). (Scholar)
  • Vreeland, Hamilton, Jr. (1917). Hugo Grotius: the Father of the Modern Science of International Law (New York: Oxford University Press). (Scholar)

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