All posts by Barry Kellman

Professor of Law and Director, International Weapons Control Center, DePaul University College of Law; Fulbright 2014 Distinguished Professor, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, Lund, Sweden

Of Guns & Grotius

Kellman discusses the breakthroughs in the development of explosive weapons since the 13th century. He then analyzes the evolution of theories on the international law of war as expounded by Grotius, Gentili, and Vatel. He argues that these scholars should have instead developed an international law of peace; he hypothesizes what the foundation of law would have looked like and presents a contemporary alternative vision to the law of war accordingly.