The Treaty of Tordesillas and the (re)Invention of International Law in the Age of Discovery

Considerações sobre a (re)invenção do Direito Internacional na Era dos Descobrimentos

Keywords: International law, History, Tordesillas Treaty, International trade, Warfare


This paper aims to investigate some of the main features of sixteenth century international law in order to challenge traditional international law foundations. By exploring concrete cases, and indicating situations in which state and non-state actors resorted to international norms in order to promote trade and celebrate peace treaties, it is inquired whether some pre-Westphalia international trade and warfare practices may be defined as the beginning of “modern” international law.


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Author Biography

Tatiana Waisberg, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Faculty of Law, Adjunct Professor.


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How to Cite
Waisberg, Tatiana. 2017. “The Treaty of Tordesillas and the (re)Invention of International Law in the Age of Discovery”. Meridiano 47 - Journal of Global Studies 18 (May).