Introduction: Maritime Conflict Management, Diplomacy and International Law, 1100-1800

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Maritime conflict management is the regulation of conflict in relation to the sea. It comprises conflict enforcement, conflict resolution and conflict avoidance. How did victims of maritime conflicts claim and obtain damages or demand compensation or reparation? The papers in this issue, aim to shed light on this question from two distinct yet related perspectives: that of the aggressor and the victim on the one hand, and that of the political entities to which they belonged on the other. The articles, covering seven centuries, unveil connections and entanglements between private parties and public authorities, demonstrating the importance of both for the development of maritime conflict management. Taken together these contributions provide evidence for the gradual development of maritime conflict management, diplomacy and norms for international law.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-15
Number of pages14
JournalComparative Legal History
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Conflict resolution
  • International law
  • diplomacy
  • maritime conflict management
  • merchants
  • neutrality
  • political entities
  • prize law
  • treaty making


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