War Manifestos

Oona A. Hathaway, Yale Law School
William S. Holste
Scott J. Shapiro, Yale Law School
Jacqueline Van De Velde, Yale Law School
Lisa Wang Lachowicz


This Article is the first to examine "war manifestos, "documents that set out the legal reasons sovereigns provided for going to war from the late fifteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries. We have assembled the world's largest collection of war manifestos--over 350--in languages as diverse as Classical Chinese, German, French, Latin, Serbo-Croatian, and Dutch. Prior Anglophone scholarship has almost entirely missed war manifestos.