How young has a major contributor to the law been? I’d argue the case of a brilliant 21 year old Dutch student.
Over at the Yale Law Library Blog, a great exhibition on the four hundredth anniversary of the publication of Hugo Grotius‘ Mare Liberum, (“On the Freedom of the Seas“) – or Huig de Groot if you dislike Latinization. Originally published as a pamphlet, it produced the first effective argument for the freedom of the seas and, with Grotius’s more mature work, De jure belli ac pacis (1625), lent substance and prestige to the idea . . . [more]