i-HILT, Institute for the History of International Law @ Tilburg, is a group of researchers from the Department of Public Law and Governance at Tilburg Law School, the Netherlands.
Welcome at the i-HILT platform! i-HILT stands for the Institute of the History of International Law @ Tilburg within the Department of Public Law and Governance at Tilburg Law School.
i-HILT is a research group of legal historians who focus on the history of international law, specializing in public international law as well as international economic and commercial law. Here, ‘international law’ is used in the broadest sense. It refers to all forms of normativity that regulated relations between polities such as states, cities, and corporations, as well as among citizens and merchants throughout recorded history: from pre-classical Antiquity to the present, and from a broad range of civilizations.
i-HILT will run the ‘Bibliography of the History of International Law’ and the ‘Bibliography of the History of International Economic and Commercial Law’. These bibliographies can be downloaded from this website. They are regularly updated. This website also serves as a platform for news and announcements on i-HILT-events, such as our e-lectures, and our members' new publications.
Education | E-lectures
I-HILT members are responsible for teaching several legal history classes on the curriculum of Tilburg Law School, in both the Dutch- and Global Law programs, as well the bachelor Public Governance. Furthermore, we are involved in the bachelors Liberal Arts & Sciences and Global Management of Social Issues. I-HILT also organizes a series of lectures on the history of international law.
Research | Visitor Program
Members of i-HILT participate in the research program 'Global Law and Governance’ of the Department of Global Law and Governance at Tilburg Law School.
14:00 - 15:30
Guest lecture: “From Just War to Self-Enslavement: The Evolution of the Justifications of the Slave Trade (16th century)” by Anne-Charlotte Martineau
On wednesday the 22th of May, Anne-Charlotte Martineau (CNRS/Paris Nanterre) will hold a lecture titled “From Just War to Self-Enslavement: The Evolution of the Justifications of the Slave Trade (16th century)”, this lecture will be followed by a discussion. We invite all students and colleagues to join us in room CZ 007.
09:00 - 17:00
International Conference June 19-20, 2025 Leiden University Wijnhaven Campus, The Hague
Grotian law and modernity at the dawn of a new age 400 years of De jure belli ac pacis 1625-2025 - Call for papers
Invited lecture: Semi-Colonial Polities, Early Euro-Lawyers, and EU Law as Constitutional Law24th January 2024
This presentation will explore how legal practices typical of semi-colonial contexts, notably the use of internationally composed ‘mixed courts’ to guarantee the individual rights of Westerners, contributed to the origins of European integration law.
New issue of Grotiana with contributions from Prof. De ruysscher and Dr. Den Hollander03rd January 2024
The latest issue of Grotiana, Volume 44 (2023): Issue 2 (Dec 2023) is a special issue dedicated to commercial and maritime law edited by Prof. Dave De ruysscher, who served as this special issue's guest-editor.
Call for papers: Arguing over Empire: Hugo Grotius, European Expansionism and Slavery21st November 2023
On the 7th of June 2024 the workshop: ‘Arguing over Empire: Hugo Grotius, European Expansionism and Slavery’ will be organized at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). This workshop is part of a series of conferences organized by the Grotiana Foundation preceding the celebration in 2025 of the 400th anniversary of Grotius’ opus magnum On the Law of War and Peace (De iure belli ac pacis) published in 1625.