The Development of International Law after the World War

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SUCH was the legal situation and condition of affairs in respect to the endeavour towards progress of international law before the outbreak of this war. Does it continue to be the same?--or have the points of view, the standards necessary in such efforts toward progress, undergone a change in consequence of the war? There can be no doubt that the situation has suffered a material change, But hardly in the sense that the objectives striven for before this war have ceased to be of value or significance. Quite to the contrary. All that we have considered above worth striving for as necessary for the development of international law remains worth striving for also to-day. The difference then simply lies in the fact that new viewpoints have been added to the old, and that the previous endeavours, after the experiences of this war, can now not be regarded as sufficient. The foundation, as we have described it above, remains the same, but it requires more additions than were considered necessary before the war. It is surely far less difficult to make such additions to-day than it was before the war. For the whole world to-day demands international guarantees. The time has come when the rebuilding of the structure of international law must be begun earnestly. New problems have been added to those which before this war were already recognized as needing solution. In my book on the further development of international procedure I have already anticipated such a situation:1

It shall not be denied that further improvements than are here mentioned lie within the realm of possibility, but such further possibility of development presupposes a material change in political ideas, and can only be expected when such changes have taken place. It is not improbable that such changes may at some time in the future take place. The present form of politics, especially European international politics, might in time have to come to an end; for in

Cf. Die Fortbildung des Verfahrens in völkerrechtlichen Streitigkeiten. Ein völkerrechtliches Problem der Gegenwart, speziell im Hinblick auf die Haager Friedenskonferenzen, erörtert von Otfried Nippold, Leipzig, 1907, p. 606.


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