The Fundamental Objective Of International Law Essay

1263 Words Oct 14th, 2016 6 Pages
The fundamental objective of international law, to regulate the relations between sovereign states, has become a standard to evaluating the effectiveness of different approaches to international law. Various philosophical disciplines have interpreted the importance and usefulness of international law in order to establish a better understanding of how international law is to be executed. This paper will take a thorough look at how two different philosophers have explained the concepts and principles that make up international law. Specifically, analyzing how Niccolò Machiavelli and Hugo Grotius present contrasting ideas of the original principles of international law and propose different ways through which international law should be justly performed. Machiavelli’s unique thoughts on international law stem from his observations of political history and his desire to bring back these ancient politics into the Christian world. He mentions Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus as examples of founders of new civilizations, claiming that these men had to be virtuous and benefitted from more than fortune alone. Machiavelli argues “the nature of peoples is variable; and it is easy to persuade them of something, but difficult to keep them in that persuasion.” This recognizes the difficulties facing new principalities when they are trying to maintain their power. Machiavelli builds on the idea of principalities maintaining their power by explaining the principles required by all…

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