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jus gentium

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noun jus gen·ti·um \ˈyüs-ˈgen-tē-əm\

Definition of jus gentium



Origin and Etymology of jus gentium

Latin, law of nations


First Known Use: circa 1549


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jus gentium

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noun jus gen·ti·um \-ˈjen-shē-əm, -chəm\

Legal Definition of jus gentium

  1. :  a body of law recognized by nations that is binding and governs their relations with each other :  international law —called also law of nations



Additional Notes on jus gentium

In Roman law jus gentium referred to the rules and laws that were common to the various nations or peoples under the Roman empire and were used in cases between non-Roman citizens or between a Roman and a non-Roman citizen.

Origin and Etymology of jus gentium

Latin, literally, law of nations


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