The International Court

The International Court

The International Court

The International Court

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On February 15, 1922, at The Hague took place an historic event the full significance of which it is not easy to appraise. That event was the formal opening of the Permanent Court of International Justice, a court of world-wide competence, thenceforth open for the dispensing of justice between nations. There in the Great Hall of Justice of the imposing Peace Palace, erected by Andrew Carnegie for the tribunal of International Arbitration established by the First Hague Peace Conference, were gathered Their Majesties the Queen of the Netherlands, the Queen Mother and Prince Consort and a distinguished company including officials of the League of Nations and diplomats accredited to The Hague. The black-robed judges seated upon the bench are, in the judgment of the representatives of fifty nations, the ablest and most distinguished members of the legal profession of the world. In accordance with the Statute of the court, all members made the following solemn declaration: "I solemnly declare that I will exercise my powers and duties as a Judge honorably and faithfully, impartially and conscientiously." Remarks were made by M. da Cunha, Brazilian Ambassador at Paris, representing the Council of the League of Nations, Sir Eric Drummond, Secretary-General of the League, M. van Karnebeek, Netherlands Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. J. A. N. Patijn, Burgomaster of The Hague, and a remarkable address was delivered . . .

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