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International law in the ancient world

ByDavid J. Bederman

This briefly assesses the historiographic literature about the idea that ancient state systems predicated their relations on the rule of law. It examines ancient practices in relation to diplomatic privileges and immunities, treaty conclusion and observance, and the initiation and limitation of armed conflict. There was a coherent sense among ancient peoples from Near East and Mediterranean traditions that state relations should be conducted in accordance with established norms and values.