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This work — the product of considerable experience in the study and teaching of International Law — aims to furnish the teacher and student with an up-to-date text adapted to the needs of the classroom, and also to present the specialist as well as the general public with a scientific treatise on the subject.
In the execution of this task, the author has tried to be as clear and concise as possible; and, in the body of the text, has carefully confined himself to what he regards as the " Essentials of International Public Law." Minor and controversial details have, for the most part, been relegated to the footnotes. These footnotes are intended to serve a double purpose: to furnish bibliographical and other data for a more extended study or investigation of particular topics; and to provide an additional text for a longer course than is commonly given. It is hoped that the book may thus be readily adapted to a longer or shorter course at the discretion of the instructor.
In the main, the work is based upon modern or contemporary, as distinguished from the older, sources and authorities. A special attempt has been made to review the more important of the many recent contributions to International Law contained in monographs and periodicals — Continental as well as AngloAmerican. In the parts dealing with the Law of War and Neutrality, the illustrations are drawn largely from recent wars.
It has been deemed best to incorporate into the body of the text (with notes by way of commentary) those parts of International Law which have been officially codified, viz. the Hague Conventions and the Declaration of the London Naval Conference of 1909.
In the organization of the subject, the writer has adopted the newer and, as he believes, the more convenient as well as scien tific system of classification. The Law of Peace is thus mainly divided into "Subjects" and "Objects" of International Law; the Law of War, into Land, Maritime, and Aerial Warfare. The Adjective Law of Nations is dealt with in Part IV under the heading " Settlement of International Disputes."
It is due to the American Journal of International Law to state that the historical chapters, as also the chapters on "The Succession of States" and "Aerial Space" have been previously published in that excellent periodical.
In conclusion, the author wishes to express his gratitude to his friend and colleague Professor Samuel Bannister Harding for valuable advice and assistance in the preparation of this volume.