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ten per cent (10%) gross in number and value of the total number of sealskins annually taken from such herd to an authorized agent of the Russian Government.
It is further agreed between the United States and Great Britain that the provisions of this convention shall supersede, in so far as they are inconsistent therewith or in duplication thereof, the provisions of the treaty relating to the fur seals, entered into between the United States and Great Britain on the 7th day of February, 1911.
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This Convention shall go into effect upon the 15th day Effect, duraof December, 1911, and shall continue in force for a mination. period of fifteen (15) years from that date, and thereafter until terminated by twelve (12) months' written notice given by one or more of the Parties to all of the others, which notice may be given at the expiration of fourteen years or at any time afterwards, and it is agreed that at any time prior to the termination of this Convention, upon the request of any one of the High Contracting Parties, a conference shall be held forthwith between representatives of all the Parties hereto, to consider and if possible agree upon a further extension of this Convention with such additions and modifications, if any, as may be found desirable.
This Convention shall be ratified by the President of Exchange of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate thereof, by His Britannic Majesty, by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, and by His Majesty the Emperor of all the Russias: and ratifications shall be exchanged at Washington as soon as practicable.
In faith whereof. the respective Plenipotentiaries have Signatures. signed this Convention in quadruplicate and have hereunto affixed their seals.
Done at Washington the 7th day of July, in the year one thousand nine hundred and eleven.
37 Stat. L., pt. 2, p. 1554.
And whereas the said Convention has been duly ratified on the part of each of the High Contracting Parties, and the ratifications of the four Governments were exchanged in the City of Washington, on the twelfth day of December, one thousand nine hundred and eleven;
Now, therefore, be it known that I, William Howard Taft, President of the United States of America, have caused the said Convention to be made public, to the end that the same and every article and clause thereof may be observed and fulfilled with good faith by the United States and the citizens thereof.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington this fourteenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eleven, and of the Independence [SEAL] of the United States of America the one hundred and thirty-sixth.
By the President:
Secretary of State.
WM H TAFT
Aug. 23, 1906. Convention between the United States and other powers establishing an International Law Commission. Signed at Rio de Janeiro, August 23, 1906; ratification advised by the Senate, February 3, 1908; ratified by the President, February 8, 1908; proclaimed, May 1, 1912.
of American Nations on International Law.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Whereas a Convention between the United States of America and Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Honduras, Panamá, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Salvador, Costa Rica, The United States of Mexico, Guatemala, Uruguay, the Argentine Republic, Nicaragua, the United States of Brazil, and Chile, establishing an International Commission of Jurists for the purpose of preparing draft codes of private and public international law regulating the relations between the Nations of America, was concluded and signed by their respective Plenipotentiaries at Rio de Janeiro on the twenty-third day of August, one thousand nine hundred and six, the original of which Convention, being in the Portuguese, Spanish, and English languages, is word for word as follows:
TERCEIRA CONFERENCIA INTERNACIONAL
Their Excellencies, the Presidents of Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Honduras, Panamá, Cuba, Peru, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Costa Rica, the United States of Mexico, Guatemala, Uruguay, the Argentine Republic, Nicaragua, the United States of Brazil, the United States of America, and Chile;
Desiring that their respective countries should be rep- Plenipotentiresented at the Third International American Conference, sent, thereto, duly authorized to approve the recommendations, resolutions, conventions and treaties that they might deem convenient for the interests of America, the following delegates:
Who, after having communicated to each other their respective full powers and found them to be in due and proper form, have agreed, to establish an international Commission of Jurists, in the following terms:
Art. 1. There shall be established an international International Commission of Jurists, composed of one representative of Jurists from each of the signatory States, appointed by their re- Functions. spective Governments, which commission shall meet for the purpose of preparing a draft of a Code of Private International Law and one of Public International Law, regulating the relations between the Nations of America. Two or more Governments may appoint a single representative, but such representative shall have but one vote. Art. 2. Notice of the appointment of the members of Notice of the Commission shall be addressed by the Governments adhering to this Convention, to the Government of the United States of Brazil, which shall take the necessary steps for the holding of the first meeting.
Notice of these appointments shall be communicated to the Government of the United States of Brazil before April 1st, 1907.
Art. 3. The first meeting of said Commission shall be First meetheld in the City of Rio de Janeiro during the year 1907. The presence of at least twelve of the representatives of the signatory States shall be necessary for the organization of the Commission.
Said Commission shall designate the time and place for Subsequent subsequent sessions, provided, however, that sufficient time be allowed from the date of the final meeting to permit of the submission to the signatory States of all drafts or all important portions thereof at least one year before
the date fixed for the Fourth International American Conference.
Art. 4. Said Commission after having met for the purpose of organization and for the distribution of the work to the members thereof, may divide itself into two distinct committees, one to consider the preparation of a draft of a Code of Private International Law, and the other for the preparation of a Code of Public International Law. In the event of such division being made, the committees must proceed separately until they conclude their duties, or else as provided in the final clause of article three.
In order to expedite and increase the efficiency of this work, both committees may request the Governments to assign experts for the consideration of especial topics. Both committees shall also have the power to determine the period within which such special reports shall be presented.
Art. 5. In order to determine the subjects to be included subjects to be within the scope of the work of the Commission, the Third International Conference recommends to the Commissions that they give special attention to the subjects and principles which have been agreed upon in existing treaties and conventions, as well as to those which are incorporated in the national laws of the American States, and furthermore recommends to the special attention of the Commission the Treaties of Montevideo of 1889 and the debates relating thereto, as well as the projects of conventions adopted at the Second International Conference of the American States held in Mexico in 1902, and the discussions thereon; also all other questions which give promise of juridical progress, or which tend to eliminate the causes of misunderstanding or conflicts between said States.
Payment of expenses.
Action to be had by next
Art. 6. The expense incident to the preparation of the drafts, including the compensation for technical studies made pursuant to article four, shall be defrayed by all the signatory States in the proportion and form established for the support of the International Bureau of the American Republics, of Washington, with the exception of the compensation of the members of the Commission, which shall be paid to the representatives by their respective Governments.
Art. 7. The Fourth International Conference of the International American States shall embody in one or more treaties, the principles upon which an agreement may be reached, and shall endeavor to secure their adoption and ratification by the Nations of America.
Notice by Governments ratifying.
Art. 8. The Governments desiring to ratify this Convention, shall so advise the Government of the United States of Brazil, in order that the said Government may notify the other Governments through diplomatic chan
nels, such action taking the place of an exchange of Notes.
In testimony whereof the Plenipotentiaries and Dele- Signatures. gates have signed the present Convention, and affixed the Seal of the Third Internacional American Confer
Made in the city of Rio de Janeiro the twenty-third day of August, nineteen hundred and six, in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, and deposited with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the United States of Brazil, in order that certified copies thereof be made, and sent through diplomatic channels to the signatory States.
I hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true Certification. copy of a convention adopted by the Third International Conference of the American States held at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 23rd to August 27th, 1906. Done at Washington, D. C., February 7, A. D. 1907. JOAQUIM NABUCO
President of the Third International
Conference of the American States.
And whereas the said Convention has been duly ratified by the United States of America, (by and with the advice and consent of the Senate thereof) and by the Governments of the Argentine Republic, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Salvador and Uruguay;
Now, therefore, be it known that I, William Howard ProclamaTaft, President of the United States of America, have caused the said Convention to be made public, to the end that the same and every article and clause thereof may be observed and fulfilled with good faith by the United States and the citizens thereof.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington this first day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand nine [SEAL.] hundred and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and thirty-sixth.
By the President:
Acting Secretary of State.
WM H TAFT