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jus gentium

[juhs jen-shee-uh m] /ˈdʒʌs ˈdʒɛn ʃi əm/
noun, Roman Law.
1.
See under jus civile.
Origin of jus gentium
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin: law of the nations

jus civile

[juhs si-vahy-lee, -vee-] /ˈdʒʌs sɪˈvaɪ li, -ˈvi-/
noun, Roman Law.
1.
the rules and principles of law derived from the customs and legislation of Rome, as opposed to those derived from the customs of all nations (jus gentium) or from fundamental ideas of right and wrong implicit in the human mind (jus naturale)
Origin
< Latin: civil law
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  • The jus belli, and not the jus gentium, then becomes their resort.

  • The idea as to what jus gentium was, of course varied with times.

    International Law

    George Grafton Wilson and George Fox Tucker
  • This was named the jus gentium, to distinguish it from the other, the jus civile.

  • But this law of nature was really repealed by the jus gentium, under which both horse and prisoner alike became private property.

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
  • The Roman Empire was founded on the basis of a common administrative system, and a common law—the jus gentium.

  • But, as these Zambales are not Christians, they may be dealt with according to the jus gentium, and made Page 205slaves.

  • Now its levelling tendency was exactly the characteristic of the jus gentium, which would be most striking to a primitive Roman.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • The neglect of demarcations and boundaries seems to me, therefore, the feature of the jus gentium which was depicted in Æquitas.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • The jus gentium was merely a system forced on his attention by a political necessity.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • jus gentium—The law of nations, as the basis 15 of their international relations.

British Dictionary definitions for jus gentium

jus gentium

/ˈdʒɛntɪəm/
noun
1.
(Roman law) those rules of law common to all nations
Word Origin
from Latin

jus civile

/sɪˈviːlɪ/
noun
1.
the civil law of the Roman state
2.
the body of law derived from the principles of this law Compare jus gentium, jus naturale
Word Origin
from Latin
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