The Laws of Armed Conflicts: A Collection of Conventions, Resolutions, and Other Documents

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No. 6
CONVENTION (III) RELATIVE TO THE OPENING OF
HOSTILITIES

Signed at The Hague, 18 October 1907

INTRODUCTORY NOTE: The war between Russia and Japan, which broke out in 1904 without a declaration of war, caused a movement for the adoption of some written rules on the commencement of war. The Institute of International Law adopted a resolution to that end in 1906 and the Second Hague Conference of 1907 produced the present Convention. Although this Convention concerns rather the ius ad bellum than the ius in bello it is reprinted in this collection in order to include all the Hague Conventions relating to the law of war.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 26 January 1910.

AUTHENTIC TEXT: French. The English translation below is reprinted from Scott, Hague Conventions, pp. 96–98. It reproduces the translation by the United States Department of State. The marginal titles have no official character.

TEXT PUBLISHED IN: Conférence internationale de la Paix, 1907, pp. 623–625 (French); Scott, Hague Conventions, pp. 96–98 (Engl.); Scott, Les Conventions de La Haye, pp. 96–98 (French); Scott, Les Conférences de La Haye, pp. 56–57 (French); Martens, NRGT, 3ème série, Vol. III, pp. 437–460 (French, German); CTS. Vol. 205, 1907, pp. 264–276 (French); Deltenre, pp. 242–328 (French); Fontes Historiae Juris Gentium, Vol. III, pp. 607–609 (German, English, French — extract); GBTS, 1910, No. 9, Cd. 5029 (Engl., French); US Statutes at Large, Vol. 36, pp. 2259–2276 (Engl., French); Malloy, Vol. II, pp. 2259–2269 (Engl.); Bevans, Vol. I, pp. 619–630 (Engl.); Droit des conflits armés, pp. 59–64 (French); AJIL, Vol. 2, 1908, Suppl., pp. 85–90 (Engl.); Revista de Derecho Internacional y politico exterior, Crónica, Año III, 1907, pp. 73–75 (Span.), Bustamante, pp. 282–285 (Span.); Korovin, pp. 370–373 (Russ.); Mezhdunarodnoe pravo, Vol. III, p. 40 (Russ. — extract); Briceño, p. 207 (Span. — extract); Ceppi, p. 337 (Span. — extract); ICRC website: www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Articles
Purpose of Convention — PlenipotentiariesPreamble
Notice of commencing hostilities1
Notice to neutral Powers2
Effect on contracting Powers3
Ratification — Deposit at The Hague — Certified copies to
Powers4
Non-signatory Powers may adhere — Notification of Intent-
Communication to other Powers5
Effect of ratification6
Denunciation — Notifying Power only affected7
Register of ratifications8
Signing — Deposit of originalFinal provisions

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