Wickersham, George W.
January 1926
Foreign Affairs;Jan1926, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p237
Academic Journal
This article talks about the codification of international law. It notes that framers of the Constitution recognized that there was a law of nations and they empowered the new national government they were creating to define and punish offenses against that law. To reconcile views and to express rules of law in language which will have the same significance in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish will be the task of the framers of a code of international law, and if American adhesion to the Permanent Court of International Justice were to wait upon the completion of such a task, the vision of a world governed by rules of law and orderly judicial procedure would soon fade from the sight of men. Hence, the effort to clarify and state the law of nations in a form which may be agreed upon by all and which will facilitate the work of the Court of International Justice, must be carried on with the aid of the most highly qualified scholars in the world.


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