Translated title of the contributionLes Intérêts présens des puissances de l'Europe by Jean Rousset de Missy (1733) : Territory, sovereignty and pratical legal argumentation
Paper on Jean Rousset de Missy (1682-1762). Known as a journalist or 'compiler', Rousset de Missy contributed to the world's first treaty collection, the Corps Universel Diplomatique du Droit des Gens (1726-1731, edited by Jean Dumont). This contribution focuses on Les Intérêts présens des puissances de l'Europe (1733), a two-volume work published to serve as a practical alternative to the 8 volumes in-f° of the Corps Universel. Rousset discusses treaty obligations undertaken by sovereign entities, and links them up with an analysis of their long-term geopolitical interests. I sketch the impact of the Peace Treaties of Utrecht (1713) on Rousset's work, and argue that his treatment of the matter gives a unique insight into argumentative strategies. Parties in a quarrel use arguments drawn from the law of nature, Roman law, canon law, customary law, feudal law or domestic law, and only seldom refer to law of nations doctrine. Rousset's synthesis at the end of every section is representative of diplomatic practice in his time. Treaties contained political compromises. In order to be effective, they needed precedence over domestic norms. In a final section, I examine Rousset's treatment of Savoy and Spain after 1713.
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationConstructions et déconstructions des territoires, de l'Antiquité au Brexit
Subtitle of host publicationActes des journées internationales de la Société d'histoire du droit et des institutions
StateIn preparation - 11 May 2018
EventJournées internationales de la Société d'histoire du droit et des institutions des pays flamands, picards et wallons - Citadelle d'Arras, Arras, France
Duration: 11 May 201812 May 2018
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ConferenceJournées internationales de la Société d'histoire du droit et des institutions des pays flamands, picards et wallons
CountryFrance
CityArras
Period11/05/1812/05/18
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  • legal history, diplomatic, international law, history of international law, 18th century, European history, Dutch history, French history

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