PROCES-VERBAL RELATING TO THE RULES OF
SUBMARINE WARFARE SET FORTH IN PART IV OF
THE TREATY OF LONDON OF 22 APRIL 1930
Signed at London, 6 November 1936
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: See note introducing No. 86.
ENTRY INTO FORCE: 6 November 1936.
AUTHENTIC TEXTS: English, French. The text below is reprinted from LNTS, Vol. 173, p. 353.
TEXT PUBLISHED IN: LNTS, Vol. 173, 1936, pp. 353–357, No. 4025 (Engl., French); Martens, NRGT, 3ème série, Vol. 33, pp. 3–5 (Engl., French); Hudson, Vol. VU, pp. 490–492 (Engl., French); Deltenre, pp. 564–571 (Engl., French, German, Dutch); GBTS, Vol. 29, 1936. Cmd. 5302 (Engl., French); BFSP, Vol. 140, 1936, pp. 300–302 (Engl.); Bevans, Vol. III, pp. 298–299 (Engl.); AJIL, Vol. 31, 1937, pp. 137–139 (Engl.); Friedman, pp. 52–524 (Engl.); Roberts and Guelff, pp. 169–173 (Engl.); Ronzitti, pp. 349–352 (Engl.); Droit des conflits armés, pp. 1203–1205 (French); Sobranie zakonov, 1937, otdel vtoroj, No. 25, 170/1937 (Engl., French, Russ.); Mezhdunarodnoe pravo, Vol. III, pp. 161–162 (Russ.); ICRC website: www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf (Engl., French, Span.).
Whereas the Treaty for the Limitation and Reduction of Naval Armaments signed in London on 22 April 1930, has not been ratified by all the Signatories;
And whereas the said Treaty will cease to be in force after 31 December 1936, with the exception of Part IV thereof, which sets forth rules as to the action of submarines with regard to merchant ships as being established rules of international law, and remains in force without limit of time;
And whereas the last paragraph of Article 22 in the said Part IV states that the High Contracting Parties invite all other Powers to express their assent to the said rules;
And whereas the Governments of the French Republic and the Kingdom of Italy have confirmed their acceptance of the said rules resulting from the signature of the said Treaty;
And whereas all the Signatories of the said Treaty desire that as great a number of Powers as possible should accept the rules contained in the said Part IV as established rules of international law;
The undersigned, representatives of their respective Governments, bearing in mind the said Article 22 of the Treaty, hereby request the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland forthwith to communicate the said rules, as annexed thereto, to the Governments of all Powers which