Cornelis Van Bynkershoek

Bynkershoek, Cornelis Van


Born 1673; died 1743. Dutch jurist and scholar; an authority on maritime and commercial law and their practice.

Bynkershoek was the author of works on special problems of international law, including Sovereignty of the Seas (1702), The Legal Status of Ambassadors (1721), and Questions of Public Law: Two Books (1737), which have retained their great importance up to the present day. He was one of the founders of the positive approach in bourgeois doctrine on international law. Bynkershoek believed that the basis of international law was the general agreement of nations, which was expressed in international custom or international treaties.

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de Vet examines a periodical published in 1699 by the influential Dutch jurist Cornelis van Bynkershoek. In his anticlericalism and his satires on fanaticism and superstition and other strains of writing, Van Bynkershoek emerges as a leading Dutch proponent of Enlightenment.