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Declaration of Paris


An important part of early maritime law, signed 16 April 1856:

  • Abolished privateering and letters of marque
  • Enemy goods on neutral vessels shall not be subject to seizure
  • Neutral goods on enemy vessels also shall not be subject to seizure
  • Blockades must be backed up by actual force

Thomas Gibson Bowles. The Declaration of Paris of 1856: Being an Account of the Maritime Rights of Great Britain; a Consideration of Their Importance; a History of Their Surrender by the Signature of the Declaration of Paris; and an Argument for Their Resumption by the Denunciation and Repudiation of that Declaration. Sampson Low, Marston and Company. 1900. 248pp.

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