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[New Entry by John Tasioulas and Guglielmo Verdirame on May 12, 2022.]
The English phrase “international law” was first coined by the utilitarian philosopher, Jeremy Bentham (Janis 1984). But philosophical engagement with international legal themes stretches back to writings on natural law in ancient Greece and Rome. Philosophers in this tradition – such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and the Stoics – advanced the idea of a universal normative order over and above the laws and customs found in particular societies that is discoverable through the exercise of ordinary human, or…

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