Portrait of Jean Barbeyrac

Jean Barbeyrac

1674 – 1744

Jean Barbeyrac (1674-1744) was a Huguenot refugee from religious persecution in France. He taught in Germany, Switzerland, and Holland and became one of the most important disseminators of Protestant natural law as well as an important rights-theorist. His translations of Pufendorf and Grotius, along with his copious notes and commentaries, were an important addition to natural law theory.