Newfoundland; Economic, Diplomatic, and Strategic Studies

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THE HAGUE ARBITRATION, 1910

BEFORE his resignation from office Bond had at last approved of the terms of reference proposed by Great Britain, and on 6th February, 1909, the final agreement on the questions to be submitted to the Hague Tribunal was completed by an exchange of notes between James Bryce, the British ambassador at Washington, and Bacon, who had recently succeeded Root as United States Secretary of State.1

The Tribunal of Arbitration was selected from the general list of members of the Permanent Court at the Hague.2 Great Britain chose Sir Charles Fitzpatrick, Chief Justice of Canada, the United States appointed George Grey, a judge of the United States Circuit Court of Appeal, and the two parties conjointly nominated as President of the Tribunal, Dr. Henry Lammasch, Professor of International Law at the University of Vienna and a member of the Upper House of the Austrian Parliament, and as members of the Tribunal, A. F. deSavornin Lohman, Minister of State of the Netherlands, and Luis M. Drago, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Argentine Republic. All the proceedings, including the oral arguments of counsel, were to be conducted in English. Each side was to submit a printed case, counter-case, and argument.3 The Tribunal assembled at the Hague on 1st June, 1910. The oral argument of counsel, four on either side, was concluded on 12th August, and on 7th September the Tribunal handed down its award. The agreement had stipulated that all the points in dispute should be submitted to the Tribunal in the form of seven questions, and, conse-

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1
Parl. Paper Cd. 4815 of 1909, pp. 7-8.
2
Ibid., p. 4.
3
Ibid., pp. 5-6.

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