[ noun ] (law) the body of laws governing relations between nations
Used in print(Morton A. Kaplan and Nicholas de B. Katzenbach,...)
In the century from 1815 to 1914 the law_of_nations became international_law .
A number of other nineteenth century developments contributed to the transmutation of the law_of_nations into international_law ; that_is , from aspects of a universal system of Justice into particular rules governing the relations of sovereign states .
The difference is important , for although the older law_of_nations did cover relationships among sovereigns , this was by_no_means its exclusive domain .
No_longer did the sovereign look_to the law_of_nations to determine what he ought to do ; his search was merely for rules that might limit his freedom of action .
One result was to nationalize much that had been regarded_as the law_of_nations .