The Sources of Modern International Law

The Sources of Modern International Law

The Sources of Modern International Law

The Sources of Modern International Law

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In the Foreword which Dr. Scott has done me the honor to prefix to this monograph--my first presumption to expound international law beyond the limits of occasional articles and editorial comments in the American Journal of International Law--he has stated the circumstances which gave occasion for the preparation of the notes from which the lectures have been prepared. The content of these chapters, as Dr. Scott also indicates, shows some results of years of thinking about international law from the points of view of many writers, of differing nationalities, whose contributions to the science the author has read in editing some thirty volumes of the American Journal of International Law.

The Summer Sessions at Ann Arbor provided the opportunity to present the material in the form in which it is now made public. The method of presentation was chosen after careful consideration of the needs of mature students whose training in the elements of international law may not have been sufficiently thorough to provide an adequate background for the teaching of advanced courses. It was also adopted in the hope of provoking, among writers and teachers addicted to a certain "school" of international law, more catholic thinking in a subject which is universal in its extent and affects all peoples and governments, whatever their condition or characteristics, and whether they be at peace or war. A science affecting the destiny of the whole human race cannot be properly developed from particularistic or nationalistic embryos. It needs to be studied as a biological science in the laboratory of the world's experience. In the following pages the surface only has been scratched in such an ambitious design.

GEORGE A. FINCH

Washington, D. C., April 6, 1937.

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