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VOL. III                            DETROIT, MICH., OCTOBER, 1928                               No. 1

The International Law Association,
which held a conference at Warsaw,
Poland, during the past summer, was
originally called The Association for the
Reform and Codification of the Law of
Nations, and was founded at Brussels in
a conference held on the 10th, 11th and
13th of October, 1873. The thirty-fourth
report of this association published in
1927 contains the following paragraph:
The idea which led to the formation
of our Association emanated from Amer-
ica. It appears to have had its inception
in the fertile brain of that far-sighted
worker for peace, Elihu Burritt, the
learned blacksmith. It was taken up by
his friend and colleague, the Rev. Dr.
Miles, a fervent apostle of the same cause
and Secretary of the American Peace So-
ciety. Dr. Miles brought it before the
Hon. David Dudley Field, an eminent
member of the New York Bar, the drafts-
man of the Civil Code of New York State,
and subsequently of a Code of Interna-
tional Law. Under the auspices of Mr.
Field and other American gentlemen, Dr.
Miles came over to Europe to invite
adhesions to the idea of an International
Association to prepare a Code of Inter-
national Law, and on his return an Ameri-
can committee was formed under the
title of 'The International Code Com-
The idea of confining the attention of
the Association mainly to the reform and
codification of the law of nations seems
to have been founded upon the belief that
little could be accomplished by arbitra-
tions or the establishment of any World
Court until the law of nations should be
made a more perfect system by codifica-
tion. However, the settlement of inter-
national disputes through peaceful means
had resulted from 1794 to the end of 1840
in twenty-three arbitrations, being an
average of one in two years; from 1841
to the end of 1860 in twenty arbitrations,
being an average of one each year; from
1861 to the end of 1880 there were forty-
four arbitrations, being an average of
nearly two every year, and from 1881 to
1900 there were ninety arbitrations, being
an average of four and one-half each year.
This table was printed in the report above
mentioned with the statement and it may
be added that in a paper read at our
twenty-first conference held at Antwerp
in 1903, Dr. W. Evans Darby, Secretary
of the Peace Society, enumerated fifty-
four fresh cases of arbitration within the
two and three-quarter years since the be-
ginning of the twentieth century, being at
the rate of twenty per annum.

The history of arbitrations and the crea-
tion of International Courts, and Court
procedure since the beginning of this cen-
tury are fresh in the minds of all of your
readers. Notwithstanding the World War
which seemed to demonstrate the futility
of any effort to settle international diffi-
culties by peaceful means, there has been
a general progress toward a world organ-
ization in which peaceful means of settling
international difficulties will be found
effective to make wars obsolete.

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Some of the greatest systems of juris-
prudence have developed without a code.
At best, a code is only a re-statement of
laws which exist independent of a code
together with such new enactments as are
found necessary to give symmetry to the
whole system.
This Association, finding so much that
might be done without an international
code turned its attention to more imme-
diately practical questions, always main-
taining the subject of international arbi-
tration at the head of its program; it has
done very much for the unification of the
rules of general average and it has at-
tempted from time to time to promote
uniformity in the preparation of treaties
between the different nations in relation
to many international questions.
(Continued on Page 6.)

The International Law Association


Welcome Freshmen
Have you stood on some sultry day in
August, when the parched earth cried to
the pitiless skies for life-giving showers,
and have you watched some tiny cloud
appear on the horizon and rapidly expand
until it filled the heavens and descended
upon the fields in gratified rain? It was
from such small beginnings that the
Detroit College of Law took its origin.
Back of every human action i's a definite
motive, and to become a member of the
Detroit College of Law is to express a
motive which may he defined as reaching
out toward knowledge. It was this aspira-
tion that inspired the Thracian youth
Antisthenes, upon hearing the fame of the
teachings of Socrates, to leave a house of
ill repute, where he was employed as a
slave, and travel 200 Grecian stadia by
night, in order that he might sit down at
the feet of the master, and partake of the
banquets of pure reason. The ideal of
better things had existed in his soul. and
the impediments of distance and environ-
ment crumbled to earth before the invin-
cible strength of his awakened purpose.
So it is with you members of the fresh-
man class. Your invincible strength has
been awakened. It is prepared to sur-
mount the long journey of four years at
night, and the impediments of distance
from the home to the class rooms. If you
should falter during this journey, remen-
ber that others have sat at the feet of the
master, and have partaken of his banquets,
and now are reaping the rewards of his
The Detroit College of Law that wel-
comes you here includes in its member-
ship all parts of its collegiate body from
the youngest student to the oldest pro-
fessor. Nor is it the membership alone
that welcomes you. That great body of
alumni whose feet have trod the very
paths that you are now standing upon,
they also welcome you.
In the name of the faculty and students,
we welcome you to the Detroit College of
Law, feeling that if this college can inspire
you, you in turn will see that its future is
DeCoLaw Club-Oct. 18. 8:15.
All welcome.
Oratorical Club Meeting-Oct.
18. All welcome.
Soph. Prom.-Oct. 27. Book
Cadillac. $2.50.

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