Of Guns and Grotius
Kellman discusses the breakthroughs in the development of explosive weapons since the 13th century. He then analyzes the evolution of theories on the international law of war as expounded by Grotius, Gentili, and Vatel. He argues that these scholars should have instead developed an international law of peace; he hypothesizes what the foundation of law would have looked like and presents a contemporary alternative vision to the law of war accordingly.
Barry Kellman, Of Guns and Grotius, 7 J. Nat'l Sec. L. & Pol’y 465 (2014)