From the department of Historical Regimes of Normativity at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory

The face of doctrine. The mystery of the “stolen” portrait of Martín de Azpilcueta

In the early modern period, being able to see the face of famous men of the time was essential. The need to know the physical aspect, went hand in hand with a physiognomic mentality that allowed to read in the facial features also some aspects related to the character. Particularly appreciated were the portraits from life.

The Cannon. A Tool for Delimiting Maritime Space

This is the story of the cannon as a tool to delimit maritime space in the history of the law of the sea. It is a story that spans from the 17th to the 20th century – it is a story about a state practice that became legal theory, technological progress and Western dominance in international law.

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