Commentaries Upon International Law, Volume 2

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Page 562 - The objection, that a contract is immoral or illegal as between plaintiff and defendant, sounds at all times very ill in the mouth of the defendant. It is not for his sake, however, that the objection is ever allowed; but it is founded in general principles of policy, which the defendant has the advantage of, contrary to the real justice, as between him and the plaintiff, by accident, if I may so say.
Page 594 - By the constitution of the United States the president is invested with certain important political powers, in the exercise of which he is to use his own discretion, and is accountable only to his country in his political character, and to his own conscience.
Page 282 - Les consuls respectifs pourront faire arrêter et renvoyer, soit à bord, soit dans leur pays, les matelots qui auraient déserté des bâtiments de leur nation. A cet effet, ils s'adresseront par écrit aux autorités locales...
Page 562 - ... this country, there the court says he has no right to be assisted. It is upon that ground the court goes; not for the sake of the defendant, but because they will not lend their aid to such a plaintiff. So if the plaintiff and defendant were to change sides, and the defendant was to bring his action against the plaintiff, the latter would then have the advantage of it; for where both are equally in fault, potior est conditio defendants.
Page 337 - Regarding the punishment of English criminals, the English Government will enact the laws necessary to attain that end, and the Consul will be empowered to put them in force ; and regarding the punishment of Chinese criminals, these will be tried and punished by their own laws, in the way provided for by the correspondence which took place at Nanking, after the concluding of the peace.
Page 348 - Les principes du christianisme, bien gravés dans le cœur, seraient infiniment plus forts que ce faux honneur des monarchies , ces vertus humaines des républiques , et cette crainte servile des états despotiques.
Page 33 - Therefore, according to Vattel, the question resolves itself into this : Did the people of Naples and of the Roman States take up arms against their Governments for good reasons ? Upon this grave matter Her Majesty's Government hold that the people in question are themselves the best judges of their own affairs. Her Majesty's Government do not feel justified in declaring that the people of Southern Italy had not good reasons for throwing off their allegiance to their former Governments; Her Majesty's...
Page 33 - The authority of the Prince of Orange had doubtless an influence on the deliberations of the States-General, but it did not lead them to the commission of an act of injustice; for when a people from good reasons take up arms against an oppressor, it is but an act of justice and generosity to assist brave men in the defence of their liberties.
Page 501 - Ireland, established permanently and inviolably ; and whereas the right and title of Archbishops to their respective provinces, of Bishops to their sees, ¡.and of Deans to their deaneries...
Page 98 - That palter with us in a double sense ; That keep the word of promise to our ear, And break it to our hope.

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