Additional Letters by Historicus on Some Questions of International Law by Sir William Vernon HarcourtAdditional Letters by Historicus on Some Questions of International Law by Sir William Vernon Harcourt

Additional Letters by Historicus on Some Questions of International Law

bySir William Vernon Harcourt

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ... 25 I. THE DOCTRINE OF CONTINUOUS VOYAGES. In a recent letter I alluded incidentally to the question of the status with regard to capture of vessels and cargoes which, though immediately bound to a neutral port, might have a further and ultimate destination to the belligerent. Other occupations did not allow of my then enlarging on this topic, but as it is a matter of present interest, the bearings of which seem to be but little understood even by those who assume to instruct the public on the subject, I shall ask your leave to return to the discussion at a length more proportionate to its importance. I have already said that the questions involved are of no small difficulty and nicety, and of that, at all events, before I have done, I think I shall satisfy your readers. Some persons seem to assume that they can solve one of the most complicated problems of international law by the bare assertion of the unquestionable and axiomatic proposition that a vessel or cargo bound from one neutral port to another cannot be properly captured or condemned, either on the ground of contraband trade or breach of blockade. Now, if the real transactions of life could fortunately be always precisely referred to such very simple rules, the science of the law of nations would be a very easy business. But, unhappily, as all lawyers know by experience, the actual incidents of human affairs are rarely obliging enough to range themselves within the four corners of some indisputable cut-and-dried principle. There always occur exceptional circumstances and distinguishing differentia, which require the exercise of a disciplined reason in order to classify their attributes and appreciate their weight. It is from its office in the discharge of these difficult and...
Title:Additional Letters by Historicus on Some Questions of International LawFormat:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217437664

ISBN - 13:9780217437660