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 (grō′shē-əs, -shəs), Hugo Originally Huig de Groot. 1583-1645.
Dutch jurist, politician, and theologian whose major work Of the Law of War and Peace (1625) is considered the first comprehensive treatise on international law.


(Biography) Hugo, original name Huig de Groot. 1583–1645, Dutch jurist and statesman, whose De Jure Belli ac Pacis (1625) is regarded as the foundation of modern international law
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(ˈgroʊ ʃi əs)

Hugo (Huig De Groot), 1583–1645, Dutch jurist and statesman.
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Van Baerle was sufficiently versed in the history of his country to know that the celebrated Grotius was confined in that castle after the death of Barneveldt; and that the States, in their generosity to the illustrious publicist, jurist, historian, poet, and divine, had granted to him for his daily maintenance the sum of twenty-four stivers.
I," said Van Baerle to himself, "I am worth much less than Grotius.
It was long ago remarked by Grotius, that nothing but the hatred of his countrymen to the house of Austria kept them from being ruined by the vices of their constitution.
Grotius himself had been a most distinguished actor and sufferer in those important scenes of internal convulsion, and his work was first published very shortly after the departure of our forefathers from Leyden.
In An Abridgement of All Sea-Lawes (1613), supported British fishing rights and mare clausum by answering Grotius's arguments, and was the only response to Mare Liberum to which Grotius himself replied.
In the 17th century, the Dutch legal expert Hugo Grotius came on the scene.
Assisted by Edwards's and Rewt's work, new generalist readers will be both instructed and fascinated by the full-bodied portrait the Letters paint of an African who could hold cultivated commerce with Garrick, Reynolds, and Gainsborough, and still find time to do mundane commerce with a banker (John Spink) and a bookseller (Jack Wingrave), to solicit charity for a cousin of Grotius, propose a scheme for tax reform, and submit a bid for a post office franchise.
Vernacular poets draw from and translate the Renaissance Latin poets of the previous two centuries, and cite epigraphs from Sannazaro and Grotius at the head of their poems.
Grotius influenced van den Vondel to turn from ancient Latin to ancient Greek drama as a model for his own works.
Grotius had a grand ecumenical vision, aimed at reuniting moderates within a church purged of |extremists' like Protestant Calvinists and Catholic Jesuits.
By orienting themselves so much to the ancient natural-law tradition, they miss the main point of the modern natural-law tradition (which includes such venerable figures as Hugo Grotius, Samuel Pufendorf, John Locke, and even David Hume), which was to refute the ever-present skeptics by providing a firm and unchallengeable foundation and progression for the arguments for justice.
Bodin's theory of sovereignty found favor with Hobbes, and his conception of natural law as an ethical foundation for the state was greatly expanded on by Grotius and Locke.