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Sir Stafford Northcote's Ode to the Fourth Article: An Insight into the Negotiation of the 1871 Treaty of Washington

Cameron A Miles

Keywords: American Civil War; History of International Law

This short note introduces a piece of mild historical interest to international lawyers, namely a lengthy poem written by Sir Stafford Northcote, one of the members of the 1871 Joint High Commission that negotiated the Treaty of Washington that formed the basis of the Alabama arbitration. The poem provides some insight into the spirit of the Joint High Commission and the process by which the Treaty—a watershed of international law—was negotiated.

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