|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of medieval philosophy|
|Subtitle of host publication||philosophy between 500 and 1500|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Springer, Springer Nature|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
From the twelfth century onwards, medieval canon lawyers and, from the early fourteenth century, theologians and philosophers began to use ius to mean a right, and developed a theory of natural rights, the predecessor of modern theories of human rights. The main applications of this theory were in respect of property and government.