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International Incidents for Discussion in Conversation Classes   By: (1858-1919)

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INTERNATIONAL INCIDENTS

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS London: FETTER LANE, E.C. C. F. CLAY, MANAGER

Edinburgh : 100, PRINCES STREET London : STEVENS AND SONS, LTD., 119 AND 120, CHANCERY LANE Berlin : A. ASHER AND CO. Leipzig : F. A. BROCKHAUS New York : G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS Bombay and Calcutta : MACMILLAN AND Co., LTD.

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INTERNATIONAL INCIDENTS

FOR

DISCUSSION

IN CONVERSATION CLASSES

BY

L. OPPENHEIM, M.A., LL.D.

WHEWELL PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL LAW IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE ASSOCIATE OF THE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

Cambridge: at the University Press 1909

Cambridge: PRINTED BY JOHN CLAY, M.A. AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

Transcribers' Note: Inconsistent punctuation printed in the original text has been retained.

PREFACE

For many years I have pursued the practice of holding conversation classes following my lectures on international law. The chief characteristic of these classes is the discussion of international incidents as they occur in everyday life. I did not formerly possess any collection, but brought before the class such incidents as had occurred during the preceding week. Of late I have found it more useful to preserve a record of some of these incidents and to add to this nucleus a small number of typical cases from the past as well as some problem cases, which were invented for the purpose of drawing the attention of the class to certain salient points of international law.

As I was often asked by my students and others to bring out a collection of incidents suitable for discussion, and as the printing of such a little book frees me from the necessity of dictating the cases to my students, I have, although somewhat reluctantly, made up my mind to publish the present collection.

I need hardly emphasise the fact that this collection is not intended to compete either with Scott's Cases on International Law, selected from decisions of English and American Courts , or with Pitt Cobbett's Leading Cases and Opinions on International Law , both of which are collections of standard value, but intended for quite other purposes than my own.

I have spent much thought in the endeavour to class my incidents into a number of groups, but having found all such efforts at grouping futile, I therefore present them in twenty five sections, each containing four cases of a different character. Experience has shewn me that in a class lasting two hours I am able to discuss the four cases contained in these sections.

I have taken special care not to have two similar cases within the same section, for although there are no two cases exactly alike in the collection, there are several possessing certain characteristics in common. It is one of the tasks of the teacher and the students themselves to group together such of my cases as they may think are related to each other by one or more of these traits.

It has been suggested that notes and hints should be appended to each case, but the purpose for which the collection is published is better served by giving the incidents devoid of any explanatory matter. Should this book induce other teachers of international law to adopt my method of seminar work, it must be left to them to stimulate their classes in such a way as to enable the students to discover on their own initiative the solution of the problems.

I gladly accepted the suggestion of the publishers that the cases should be printed on writing paper and on one side of the page only, so that notes may be taken and additional cases added.

I am greatly indebted to Mr Dudley Ward, of St John's College, Cambridge, my assistant, who has prepared the cases for the press and read the proofs. In deciding upon the final form of each case so many of his suggestions have been adopted that in many instances I do not know what is my own and what is his work.

L. O.

WHEWELL HOUSE, CAMBRIDGE, June 12th, 1909 .

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