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The 1907 Hague Peace Conference as a Milestone in the Development of International Law Speech Given at The Hague Academy of International Law Colloquium 6 September 2007

Rosalyn Higgins Dbe Qc

in Themes and Theories

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198262350
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682322 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262350.003.0104
The 1907 Hague Peace Conference as a Milestone in the Development of International Law Speech Given at The Hague Academy of International Law Colloquium 6 September 2007

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This chapter looks at the 1907 Hague Peace Conference as a milestone in the development of international law. The 1907 Conference did not achieve all that it set out to do, but that which it did accomplish was remarkable and has proved significant. The achievements of the 1907 Hague Peace Conference are all the more extraordinary given the atmosphere prevailing at that time. In the years since the 1899 Hague Peace Conference, there had been the Boer War (1899–1902), the Russo-Japanese War (1904–5), and the related Dogger Bank incident (1904). Looking back, it is remarkable that the Conference took place at all, let alone that it produced a declaration on the principle of obligatory arbitration and thirteen conventions, three of which were revisions to conventions adopted in 1899 and ten of which were entirely new. At the same time, the 1907 Conference elevated the development of mechanisms of international dispute resolution to new prominence and equally left a procedural legacy that still shapes the codification of international law today.

Keywords: Hague Peace Conference; war; international law; arbitration; conventions; dispute resolution; codification

Chapter.  4535 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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