The three stages in the evolution of the law of nations by Cornelis Van VollenhovenThe three stages in the evolution of the law of nations by Cornelis Van Vollenhoven

The three stages in the evolution of the law of nations

byCornelis Van Vollenhoven

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 Excerpt: ... REFORM OF THE SECOND LAW OF NATIONS. We recollect with pleasure the early summer days of 1899, when the representatives of nearly thirty Powers had foregathered at the Hague to attend the Peace Conference. The crack hotels were decorated with the flags of a dozen nations; equipages were continually coming and going across the Park; foreign journalists swarmed all over the town; foreign papers were full of telegrams dated from the Hague; and all the world was asking: will this be a genuine Peace Conference, or only an ordinary conference of diplomats, after all? The query might have been more happily phrased, but, to say the truth, the conference itself had to face much the same problem. For a hundred and thirty years it had been evident that the Second Law of Nations was a tangle of hypocritical unrighteousness: a doctrine of duties with the duties left out. The books on the subject, while seemingly progressive, were really of a retrograde tendency. Momentous rights were trampled upon, whereas futile articles of treaties were crooned over. This current Second Law of Nations could not help the cause of universal peace at all. So one of two courses of action had to be adopted. The first of these implied return to the primitive Law of Nations. In that case it would be necessary to fix, to amplify and correct the established rules, to codify the acknowledged fragmentary Law of Nations, and, without the slightest pretence to idealism to acquiesce in the existing anarchy of the world. Or one might grapple with this anarchy itself, expose crimes committed by states, deliberate the question, by what sort of organisation or league of nations such crimes might be prevented in future--One might go back to Grotius, in short. It is hardly doubtful which of these two co...
Title:The three stages in the evolution of the law of nationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217399894

ISBN - 13:9780217399890