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PUBLICATION No. 213

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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PROMOTION OF PEACE....
Arbitration, conciliation, and judiciai settlement..

General act of September 26, 1928---
Convention respecting the limitation of the employment of force for

the recovery of contract debts..
Permanent Court of International Justice
Acceptance of reservations made by Cuba when ratifying the pro-

tocol of revision of the Statute.. Armament reduction...

London naval treaty of 1930..
International law..

Convention relating to conflict of laws on nationality
Renunciation of war....
Status of ratifications of and adherences to the treaty for the renun-

ciation of war.
Restriction of war.
Convention for the amelioration of the condition of the sick and

wounded of armies in the field and convention relating to the
treatment of prisoners of war..

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POLITICAL.
Treaty of Saint-Germain-Protocol No. I, for the restoration of

Austria, October 4, 1922—Protocol providing for a customs

union between Austria and Germany, March 19, 1931.--
Request for an advisory opinion by the Permanent Court of Inter-

national Justice concerning the proposed Austro-German

customs union... Convention between the United States, Great Britain, and IraqRights of the United States of America and of its nationals in

Iraq.

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HUMANITARIAN
Asylum.---

Convention fixing the rules for the granting of asylum.
Opium...
Convention for the suppression of the abuse of opium and other

drugs..
Treatment of foreigners..

Convention for the purpose of determining the status of aliens.--.
Economic.
Agriculture.....

Protection of birds -
Commerce..

Convention on the execution of foreign arbitral awards...
Treaty of friendship, commerce, and consular rights between the

United States and Poland..

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Copyright...
International union for the protection of literary and artistic works--

Convention as revised at Rome, June 2, 1928.--
Convention revising the convention of Buenos Aires on literary and

artistic copyright..
Customs---
Convention concerning the formation of an international union for

the publication of customs tariffs..
Finance.
International convention for the suppression of counterfeiting cur-

rency.
Acceptance of reservation made by Norway when signing the con-

vention.
International conference for the unification of laws on bills of ex-

change, promissory notes, and checks.. Industrial property Arrangement concerning the international registration of trade

marks-Arrangement concerning the suppression of false indi

cations of origin.. Navigation -

International load line convention and final protocol....
Agreement concerning manned lightships not on their station...

International maritime law conventions...
Postal.-

Universal postal convention.
Radio...

International radiotelegraph convention.-
Statistics.
International convention and protocol relating to economic sta-

tistics...
Acceptance of reservation made by Australia when adhering to the

convention
Acceptance of reservation made by Great Britain in respect of the

colony of Southern Rhodesia.

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TEXTS OF CONVENTIONS..
International convention for the unification of certain rules relating to

collisions at sea.-.
Judicial agreement between Great Britain and Iraq.--

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS..

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PROMOTION OF PEACE

ARBITRATION, CONCILIATION, AND JUDICIAL

SETTLEMENT

GENERAL ACT OF SEPTEMBER 26, 1928 France

According to a circular letter dated June 11, 1931, from the Acting Legal Adviser of the League of Nations, Mr. Aristide Briand, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Delegate of France to the Council of the League of Nations, deposited with the Secretariat of the League on May 21, 1931, in accordance with the provisions of article 43 of the general act for the pacific settlement of international disputes, the instrument of accession by His Excellency the President of the French Republic to all the provisions of this act (chapters I, II, III, and IV).

The following declaration was contained in the instrument of accession:

[Translation]1 The said accession concerning all disputes that may arise after the said accession with regard to situations or facts subsequent thereto, other than those which the Permanent Court of International Justice may recognise as bearing on a question left by international law to the exclusive competence of the State, it being understood that in application of article 39 of the said act the disputes which the parties or one of them may have referred to the Council of the League of Nations will not be submitted to the procedures described in this Act unless the Council has been unable to pronounce a decision under the conditions laid down in article 15, paragraph 6, of the Covenant.

Furthermore, in accordance with the resolution adopted by the Assembly of the League of Nations “on the submission and recommendation of the general act”, article 28 of this act is interpreted by the French Government as meaning in particular that “respect for rights established by treaty or resulting from international law” is obligatory upon arbitral tribunals constituted in application of chapter 3 of the said general act."

Great Britain

According to the following circular letter dated June 11, 1931, from the Acting Legal Adviser of the League of Nations, the instrument of accession of Great Britain to the general act was also deposited with the Secretariat on May 21, 1931:

1 Official translation of the League of Nations.

I have the honour to inform you that His Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs deposited with the Secretariat of the League of Nations, on May 21, 1931, in accordance with the provisions of article 43 of the general act (pacific settlement of international disputes), the instrument of accession by His Majesty in respect of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and all parts of the British Empire which are not separate members of the League of Nations, to all the provisions of this act. (Chapters I, II, III, and IV.)

This accession is made subject to the following conditions:

(1) That the following disputes are excluded from the procedure described in the general act, including the procedure of conciliation: (i) Disputes arising prior to the accession of His Majesty to

the said general act, or relating to situations or facts prior

to the said accession; (ii) Disputes in regard to which the parties to the dispute have

agreed or shall agree to have recourse to some other

method of peaceful settlement; (iii) Disputes between His Majesty's Government in the United

Kingdom and the Government of any other member of the League which is a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, all of which disputes shall be settled in such a manner as the parties have agreed or shall

agree; (iv) Disputes concerning questions which by international law

are solely within the domestic jurisdiction of states; and (v) Disputes with any party to the general act who is not a

member of the League of Nations. (2) That His Majesty reserves the right in relation to the disputes mentioned in article 17 of the general act to require that the procedure prescribed in chapter II of the said act shall be suspended in respect of any dispute which has been submitted to and is under consideration by the Council of the League of Nations, provided that notice to suspend is given after the dispute has been submitted to the Council and is given within ten days of the notification of the initiation of the procedure, and provided also that such suspension shall be limited to a period of twelve months or such longer period as may be agreed by the parties to the dispute or determined by a decision of all the members of the Council other than the parties to the dispute.

(3) (i) That, in the case of a dispute, not being a dispute mentioned in article 17 of the general act, which is brought before the Council of the League of Nations in accordance with the provisions of the Covenant, the procedure prescribed in chapter I of the general act, shall not be applied, and, if already commenced, shall be suspended, unless the Council determines that the said procedure shall be adopted.

(ii) That in the case of such a dispute, the procedure described in chapter III of the general act shall not be applied unless the Council has failed to effect a settlement of the dispute within twelve months from the date on which it was first submitted to the Council, or, in a case where the procedure prescribed in chapter I has been adopted

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