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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?

But here Vattel has overshot his mark, for, in order to curry favour with the admirers of Grotius 's Doctri- 44 REFORM OF THE SECOND LAW OF NATIONS. ne of Duties, he extols the use of arbitration even in cases of intentional injustice of which astate may be guilty. He proposes that the Courts of Arbitration will henceforth also be competent to judge of crimes perpetrated by states, provided, of course, those states themselves acknowledge they are crimes and that they may be dealt with by aibitration.

25 dog-eared, thumb-marked, slaver-soiled it had been left by the universities I It is commonly said: by German universities; but this is not quite fair. Sweden too, led by its German professor Puffendorf took an active part; Leyden also had its share for quite a century from 1658 under Bornius, professor of ethics (not even of law) , tutor to the youthful William the Third, till the time of PesteI, a native of Germany. ) What is it these people relish in Grotius's book? It is his naturallaw; the connection between religion and reason; his theory of criminallaw; his interpretation of gospel words.

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