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terminate, finally and forever, the conflict between litigants. He maintained that a rehearing must necessarily provoke new discussions, again inflame public passion, and once more menace the peace of the world.

On the other hand it was urged that the right to revision is essential to liberty; that the sole end of arbitration is not the termination of the dispute; and that “nothing is settled until it is settled right.”

The result of the discussion was an overwhelming vote in favor of the retention of article 55 as article 83 of the convention of 1907.

Article 84 reproduces with slight variations article 56 of the convention of 1899. Its first paragraph provides that “the arbitral award is merely obligatory for the litigant parties.” Article 85 (article 57 of the convention of 1899) prescribes that "each party shall bear its own expenses and an equal part of the expenses of the tribunal."

Chapter IV on "Summary Procedure of Arbitration ” is wholly new and consists of five articles (86–90). "These were based upon a project presented by the French delegation which was designed to aid in the solution of disputes of a special or technical character by furnishing the parties with tribunals and a mode of procedure more simple, rapid, and less expensive than that elaborated in the previous chapter. They are as follows:

ART. 86. With a view of facilitating the operation of arbitral justice in differences that permit of a summary procedure, the contracting powers agree upon the following rules which shall be observed in the absence of different stipulations, and under reserve, should the case arise, of the application of the provisions of Chapter III which are not contrary to them.

ART. 87. Each of the parties at variance shall name an arbitrator. The two arbitrators thus designated shall choose an umpire. If they are unable to come to an agreement upon this subject, each shall present two candidates taken from the general list of members of the Permanent Court (none of them being nationals of any of the states selecting them) beyond the members indicated by each of the parties themselves. shall be determined by lot which of the candidates thus presented shall be the umpire.


33 For the arguments pro and con, see the Report by Baron Guillaume, p. 42; Le Courrier de la Conférence for August 25, 1907; and Holls, op. cit., pp. 286–303. 34 Le Courrier de la Conférence for October 17, 1907.


The umpire shall preside over the tribunal, which shall render its decisions by a majority of votes.

ART. 88. In default of previous agreement, the tribunal, as soon as it is constituted, shall fix the period within which the two parties must submit to it their respective memoires.

ART. 89. Each party shall be represented before the tribunal by an agent who shall serve as intermediary between the tribunal and the government that has selected him.

Art. 90. The procedure shall be exclusively in writing. Each party shall have, however, the right to demand the presence of witnesses and experts. The tribunal, on its side, shall have the power of requiring oral explanations from the agents of the two parties, as also from the experts and the witnesses whose presence it considers useful.

Seven articles (91 to 97, inclusive) of “Final Provisions” place the four articles (58 to 61) of “General Provisions” of the convention of 1899. They include the customary provisions relating to the date, place, and mode of ratification; the means by which nonsignatory or nonadhering powers may become parties to the convention; and the conditions under which withdrawals may take place.

The convention for the peaceful adjustment of international differences, accompanied by a voluminous report drawn up by Baron Guillaume of Belgium, was submitted to the conference at its ninth plenary session on October 17, 1907, and adopted unanimously. There were, however, more or less important reserves on the part of Brazil, Greece, Japan, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United


The reserve of the United States related to the Monroe Doctrine and was made with reference to article 48:

Nothing contained in this convention shall be so construed as to require the United States of America to depart from its traditional policy of not entering upon, interfering with, or entangling itself in the political questions or internal administration of any foreign State.

It is equally understood that nothing contained in the said convention shall be so construed as to imply the relinquishment, by the United States of America, of its traditional attitude toward purely American questions.

On the whole, the convention of 1907 must be pronounced somewhat disappointing even to many advocates of peace and arbitration who do not belong to the “militant” school of pacificists. Aside from its failure to agree upon a plan for obligatory arbitration or to adopt the American scheme for a real permanent high court of abritral justice or supreme court of the nations, it is to be regretted that the Second Hague Peace Conference did not see its way clear to recommend that third powers suggest recourse to commissions of inquiry in all cases of serious controversy regarding facts, that they did not make the use of such commissions obligatory, at least in certain cases, and give them the right to fix responsibility and apportion blame as well as to elucidate facts. It is also a matter for regret that the functions of the Administrative Council and International Bureau at The Hague were not enlarged to enable them to exert a more powerful influence in behalf of peace and the enforcement of law; and that the employment of members of the Hague Tribunal as agents or counsel was not absolutely prohibited.

On the other hand, some excellent results were obtained. Commissions of inquiry were provided with a form of organization and rules of procedure which, although purely optional, seem sufficiently detailed and adequate for their purpose. The rules of procedure suggested for the use of the Hague Tribunal were considerably enlarged and strengthened, and the functions of that body somewhat increased. Special tribunals with a more summary mode of procedure were devised for the settlement of disputes of a special or technical character. Most important of all, governments desiring arbitration of a given dispute are authorized by article 48 to appeal directly to the International Bureau at The Hague, which must immediately communicate this fact to the other power.

Surely these are important steps in advance and, taken collectively, constitute no small service to the cause of peace and arbitration.




ARTICLE I. The contracting powers agree that hostilities between them should not begin without a previous unequivocal notice, which shall be either in the form of a declaration of war with reasons therefor, or of an ultimatum with a conditional declaration of war.

ARTICLE II. A state of war shall be made known without delay to the neutral powers, and shall not be effective with regard to them until they receive a notice, which may be given even by telegraph. However, the neutral powers cannot use the lack of a notice as a pretext if it should be proven beyond doubt that they really knew of the state of war.

The convention as drawn up is substantially the same as the proposition submitted by the French delegation — and that proposition follows in the main the text adopted by the Institute de Droit International at its meeting at Ghent (September, 1906), when the whole subject was carefully discussed.?

From the earliest times and in all stages of civilization we find the custom of declaring war before commencing hostilities. Certain primitive tribes which were in a constant state of feud may be said to have lived in a continual state of war, but when a more stable condition was reached where peaceable conditions were maintained the sentiment was also developed that hostilities ought not to be commenced without previous warning. In fact, without such a sentiment peace between two contiguous and jealous communities could not have lasted any length of time. The explanation which satisfied the minds of the chiefs may have been that any breach of peace in which the adversary was taken by surprise would be a sacrilegious violation of an oath; for peace was based on oaths sworn to the

1 For the full text of the Convention with translation, see Supplement, 2 Annuairé De l'Institute de Droit International, session de Gand 1906.

gods. The real reason, however, which gave rise to such a custom must have been the social necessity of some security in the relations between different communities and until such a custom had developed there would be no security from sudden attack, to guard against which the greater part of the communities' productive energy would be turned toward armament and guard duty. It is not unlikely that the reason may go still deeper. Sir Henry Maine, in seeking an explanation for the prohibition against the poisoning of sources, recognized as a rule of war from the dawn of history, thinks that perhaps the explanation is to be found in the feeling that a contest should be decided by the victory of the stronger in a fair fight. If we carry further his suggestion, might we not be led to the conclusion that primitive society, depending, as it did, so much upon the fighting strength of the individual, would unconsciously tend to give its combined support to foster those conditions which should be most conducive to the survival and predominance of those most skilled in arms? If this be true no condition would meet with greater favor than the requirements of a fair fight and the avoidance of all taking by surprise. Another powerful motive for requiring a fair fight may have been to avoid the family feuds which would result from a death caused by a treacherous attack. The common recognition of the right of the stronger to predominate and destroy his opponent would in the case of killing in a fair fight obviate, in a great measure, the resentment which would follow a treacherous attack. Analogy would speedily make this principle one of the rules of intertribal intercourse, and any tribe which violated this principle would rouse its opponents to that frenzy of indignation which is the strongest guardian of all rules of law. If the force born of this frenzy were sufficient to overcome the tribe which had transgressed the rule, annihilation would probably be the penalty, and any tendency to repetition and the engendering of such a practice by that tribe would have disappeared; at the same time the example

3 International Law, 2d ed., 1894, p. 135, “or it may have been the idea that poisoning was not fair fighting - and this shows itself as a very strong feeling in very ancient days — that on the whole each combatant ought to have the means of employing his skill in resistance.”

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