The Outlawry of War: A Series of Lectures Delivered before the Academy of International Law at the Hague and in the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Aetudes Internationales at Geneva

The Outlawry of War: A Series of Lectures Delivered before the Academy of International Law at the Hague and in the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Aetudes Internationales at Geneva

The Outlawry of War: A Series of Lectures Delivered before the Academy of International Law at the Hague and in the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Aetudes Internationales at Geneva

The Outlawry of War: A Series of Lectures Delivered before the Academy of International Law at the Hague and in the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Aetudes Internationales at Geneva

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In the summer of 1928, Dr. Wehberg delivered at the Academy of International Law at The Hague a series of lectures on the outlawry of war. These were first published, in French, in the Recueil des Cours of the Academy. Later a revised and enlarged German edition was issued under the title of Die Aechtung des Krieges, and the latter forms the basis of the present translation by Dr.Edwin H. Zeydel of the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Wehberg has not examined the subject of outlawing war from the viewpoint of any one nation--or, indeed, of a single continent. Himself a scholar and an internationalist, he is familiar with the historical background as well as with the modern aspects of the question in both the New and the Old World, and he is able to interpret clearly and impartially the views prevailing in the two hemispheres.

Illness will not cure illness, and to the sober judgment of peace-time the futility of "war to end war" is apparent. Internationalists, statesmen, the man in the street, have come to the realization that the only effective and permanent solution of this, the greatest of the world's problems, is to place war completely outside the pale of law. The goal is plainly visible, and the ways and means of reaching it are being evolved with a heartening measure of success.

Today, therefore, it may be said with the assurance of conviction that, as the development of law within the state has caused private warfare to be replaced by the administration of justice in the courts, so with the further development of law in the international community, force will give way to the judicial settlement of disputes between nations, and war will be banished to the limbo of other crimes against civilization. It is with the belief that Professor Wehberg's examination of the ways and means advanced for reaching this goal constitutes an important contribution to the cause of peace, that the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has issued this translation in its present form.

JAMES BROWN SCOTT, Director of the Division of International Law.

WASHINGTON, D. C.,
June 7, 1931.

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