jus gentium

jus gen·​ti·​um | \ˈyüs-ˈgen-tē-əm \

Definition of jus gentium 

First Known Use of jus gentium

circa 1549, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jus gentium

Latin, law of nations

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The first known use of jus gentium was circa 1549

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jus gentium

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

Legal Definition of jus gentium 

: a body of law recognized by nations that is binding and governs their relations with each other : international law

called also law of nations

Note: 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.

History and Etymology for jus gentium

Latin, literally, law of nations

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