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The Law Among Nations

This new exhibit features some of Boston College Law School’s beautiful works relating to the law among nations, more commonly referred to in modern times as international law. 

The exhibit aims to trace the development of the legal literature in this area of the law.  We start with the Roman law concept of jus gentium and then move through important phases in the law’s development—to the Spanish scholars of the 16th century; Hugo Grotius and John Selden; the naturalist school led by Samuel Pufendorf; the positivists helmed by Richard Zouche and Cornelius Bynkershoek; the contributions by William  Blackstone and Jeremy Bentham; and finally, a look at what early American lawyers were reading as our new nation struggled with issues of international law. 

You are invited to view the exhibit anytime the room is open—generally weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view through the Fall 2012 semester.  Please do not bring food, drinks, or water bottles into the room.  Enjoy!

For more information please see the exhibit brochure

For remote access to the exhibit, please see our virtual tour below.