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Le Pacte De Paris
Le Pacte De Paris
By Cecile Balbareu
Gamber, 1929, 120 pp

The Paris Pact has found many able exponents and many competent critics. The advantage of this brief and concise treatment is that it reviews the problem after the mist has more or less cleared away, and after conflicting views have been aired. Though technical, the book is very readable, especially in the parts devoted to the history of the negotiations. There is, of course, nothing novel about this section, but the second part of the book, which analyzes the text and the various interpretations that have been derived from it, is well worth careful study. The author does not fail to point out the weaknesses and defects of the treaty, nor does he lose sight of the practical applications while discussing the theoretical aspects. He takes issue with Miller and other commentators in regard to Article 2 and adduces arguments to show that it does not imply the use of obligatory arbitration in the settlement of international disputes. The book closes with a very useful bibliography.