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Preamble
    (List of Contracting Parties)

    Having regard to the terms in which the British Government invited various Powers to meet in conference in order to arrive at an agreement as to what are the generally recognized rules of international law within the meaning of Article 7 of the Convention of 18 October 1907, relative to the establishment of an International Prize Court;
    Recognizing all the advantages which an agreement as to the said rules would, in the unfortunate event of a naval war, present, both as regards peaceful commerce, and as regards the belligerents and their diplomatic relations with neutral Governments;
    Having regard to the divergence often found in the methods by which it is sought to apply in practice the general principles of international law;
    Animated by the desire to ensure henceforward a greater measure of uniformity in this respect;
    Hoping that a work so important to the common welfare will meet with general approval;
    Have appointed as their Plenipotentiaries, that is to say:

    (Here follow the names of Plenipotentiaries)

    Who, after having communicated their full powers, found to be in good and due form, have agreed to make the present Declaration:


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