International Law Keyed to Damrosche
Jesse Lewis (The David J. Adams) Claim (United States v. Great Britain).
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In the Treaty of London of 1818, the United States (P) agreed that its citizens would not fish in Canadian (D) waters. Precisely in 1886, an American fishing schooner was seized by Canadian (D) authorities for allegedly violating the Treaty. After finding that the vessel had indeed violated the Treaty and Canadian legislation, A Canadian (D) court condemned the vessel.Based on this judgment, the United States (P) sought damages from the British government (D) on the grounds that the seizure of the schooner was wrongful based on an erroneous interpretation of the Treaty. Britain (D) however posited that the Arbitral Tribunal was not competent to re-examine the Canadian (D) court’s interpretation.
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