Definition of jus gentium in English:

jus gentium

noun

mass nounLaw
  • International law.

    • ‘People are brought under our power as slaves either by the civil law or by the jus gentium.’
    • ‘Although he does not fully develop this idea, it is strikingly reminiscent of the way the jus gentium developed in the Roman Empire; he has laid out a foundation block for his own civilizational dialogue.’
    • ‘There was another law, though it was still under the umbrella of Rome and its empire, for people who were not Roman - the jus gentium, or the law of people generally.’
    • ‘They had the whole jus gentium to deal with them.’
    • ‘He argued that the English crown used a letter patent to authorize overseas activities primarily to show the ‘outer world’ that these enterprises were consistent with the evolving jus gentium.’

Origin

Latin, literally ‘law of nations’.

Pronunciation

jus gentium

/ˈɡɛntɪəm//-ʃɪəm//ˌdʒʌs ˈdʒɛntɪəm/