Washington Conference Establishing a Commission of Jurists to Consider Laws of War
Washington, February 4, 1922
RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE CONFERENCE ON THE LIMITATION OF ARMAMENT (1922) ESTABLISHING A COMMISSION OF JURISTS TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT OF THE LAWS OF WAR
STATES of America, the British Empire, France, Italy and Japan
That a Commission composed of not
more than two members representing
each of the abovementioned Powers
shall be constituted to consider
the following questions:
(a ) Do
existing rules of international law adequately cover new methods
or defense resulting from the introduction or development, since
Conference of 1907, of new agencies of warfare?
(b) If not so, what
changes in the existing rules ought to be adopted
in consequence thereof as
a part of the law of nations?
of appointment of the members of the Commission shall, within
after the adjournment of the present Conference, be transmitted
Government of the United States of America, which after consultation
the Powers concerned will fix the day and place for the meeting of
That the Commission shall be
at liberty to request assistance and aid,
from experts in international law
and in land, naval and aerial warfare.
the Commission shall report its conclusions to each of the
represented in its membership.
Those Powers shall thereupon
confer as to the acceptance of the report
and the course to be followed to
secure the consideration of its recommendations
by the other civilized
RESOLUTION LIMITING THE JURISDICTION OF THE
Resolved, That it is not the intention of the Powers agreeing to the appointment of a Commission to consider and report upon the rules of international law respecting new agencies of warfare that the Commission shall review or report upon the rules or declarations relating to submarines or to the use of noxious gases and chemicals already adopted by the Powers in this conference.
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