THE "OPTIONAL CLAUSE" AND DECLARATIONS ACCEPTING THE COURT'S COMPULSORY JURISDICTION

 

(as of December 31, 1942)

 

The undersigned, being duly authorized thereto, further declare, on behalf of their Government, that, from this date, they accept as compulsory ipso facto and without special convention, the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, under the following conditions:

Albania.
On behalf of the Kingdom of Albania and subject to ratification, 1 recognize as compulsory ipso facio and without special agreement in relation to any other Member of the League of Nations or State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on condition of reciprocity, the Optional Clause provided for by Article 36 of the Statute of the Permanent Court of International justice, for a period of five years from the date of the deposit of the instrument of ratification, in any of the disputes enumerated in the said article arising after the ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to this ratification, other than
(a) disputes relating to the territorial status of Albania;
(b) disputes with regard to questions which, by international law, fall exclusively within the jurisdiction of the Kingdom of Albania;
(c) disputes relating directly or indirectly to the application of treaties or conventions accepted by the Kingdom of Albania and providing for another method of pacific settlement.
Geneva, September I7, I930.
(Signed) Mehdi Frasheri.

Argentine Republic.
On behalf of the Argentine Republic, subject to ratification by the National Congress, 1 recognise as compulsory, ipso facto and without special convention, in relation to any other Member or State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of International justice, in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2 of the Statute of the Court, for a period of ten years from the date of the deposit of the instrument of ratification, in any disputes arising after the ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to this ratification, except in cases where the parties have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to another method of pacific settlement.
The present declaration does not apply:
(i) to questions already settled.,
(2) to questions which, by international law, fall within the local jurisdiction or the constitutional regime of each State.
Geneva, December 28, 1935.
(Signed) Enrique Ruiz Guinazu

Australia.
On behalf of His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia and subject to ratification, I accept as compulsory ipso facto and without special convention on condition of reciprocity the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, for a period of ten years and thereafter until such time as notice may be given to terminate the acceptance, over all disputes arising after the ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to the said ratification;
other than disputes in regard to which the parties to the dispute have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to some other method of peaceful settlement; and
disputes with the Government of any other Member of the League which is a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, all of which disputes shall be settled in such manner as the parties have agreed or shall agree; and
disputes with regard to questions which by international law fall exclusively within the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Australia;
and subject to the condition that His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia reserve the right to require that proceedings in the Court shall be suspended in respect of any dispute which has been submitted to and is under consideration by the Council of the League of Nations, provided that notice to suspend is given after the dispute has been submitted to the Council and is given within ten days of the notification of the initiation of the proceedings in the Court, and provided also that such suspension shall be limited to a period of twelve months or such longer period as may be agreed by the parties to the dispute or determined by a decision of all the Members of the Council other than the parties to the dispute.
Geneva, September 20, 1929.
(Signed) Granville Ryrie

Austria.
On behalf of the Austrian Republic, I declare that the latter recognizes in relation to any other Member or State which accepts the same obligation, that is to say, on- the condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court as compulsory, ipso facts and without any special convention, for a period of five years.
March 14, I922.
(Signed) Emerich Pflugl

Belgium.
On behalf of the Belgian Government, I recognize as compulsory, ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other Member or State accepting the same obligation, the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, for a period of fifteen years, in any disputes arising after the ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to this ratification, except in cases where the parties have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to another method of pacific settlement.
Geneva, September 25, I925.
(Signed) P. Hymans.

Bolivia.
On behalf of the Republic of Bolivia, the undersigned, duly authorized thereto, recognizes as compulsory, ipso facto and without special convention, unconditionally in relation to any other Member or State accepting the same obligation, that is to say', on the sole condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of International justice, for a period of ten years.
Geneva, July 7, I936.1
(Signed) A. Costa Du Rels.

Brazil.
[The instrument of ratification of the Protocol deposited November 1, I921, with the Secretariat of the League of Nations by the Brazilian Government contains the following passage:] ". . . we declare to recognize as compulsory, in accordance with the said resolution of the National Legislature, the jurisdiction of the said Court for the period of five years, on condition of reciprocity and as soon as it has likewise been recognized as such by two at least of the Powers permanently represented on the Council of the League of Nations."

Bulgaria.
On behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Bulgaria, I recognize, in relation to any other Member or State which accepts the same obligation, the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory, ipso facio and without any special convention, unconditionally.
JUIY 29, 192I. (Signed) S. Pomenov.

Canada.
On behalf of His Majesty's Government in Canada and subject to ratification, I accept as compulsory ipso facto and without special convention, on condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute, for a period of ten years and thereafter until such time as notice may be given to terminate the acceptance, in all disputes arising after ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to said ratification:
other than disputes in regard to which the parties to the dispute have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to some other method of peaceful settlement; and 
disputes with the Government of any other Member of the League which is a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, all of which disputes shall be settled in such manner as the parties have agreed or shall agree; and
disputes with regard to questions which by international law fall exclusively within the jurisdiction of the Dominion of Canada; ,
and subject to the condition that His Majesty's Government in Canada reserve the right to require that proceedings in the Court shall be suspended in respect of any dispute which has been submitted to and is under consideration by the Council of the League of Nations, provided that notice to suspend is given after the dispute has been submitted to the Council and is given within ten days of the notification of the initiation of the proceedings in the Court, and provided also that such suspension shall be limited to a period of twelve months or such longer period as may be agreed by the parties to the dispute or determined by a decision of all the Members of the Council other than the parties to the dispute.
Geneva, September.20, 1929. (Signed) R. DANDURAND.

China.
The Chinese Government recognizes as compulsory ipso facto and without special convention, in relation to any Member or State which accepts the same obligation, that is to say, on the sole condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, Of the Statute of the Court, for a period of five years.
May 13, 1922.
(Signed) Ts. F. TANG.

Colombia.
The Republic of Colombia recognizes as compulsory ips64 facto and without special agreement, on condition of reciprocity, in relation to any other State accepting the same obligation, the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of International justice, in accordance with Article 36 of the Statute.
Geneva January 6, 1932.
(Signed) A. J. RESTREPO.
 
Costa Rica.
On condition of reciprocity.
[Before January 28, 1921.]'3
(Signed) MANUEL M. DE PERALTA.

Czechoslovakia.
On behalf of the Czechoslovak Republic and subject to ratification, I recognize as compulsory ipso facto and without special agreement in relation to any other Member of the League of Nations or State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court, in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of its Statute,, for a period of ten years from the date of the deposit of the instrument of ratification, in any dispute arising after the ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to this ratification, except in cases where the parties have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to another method of pacific settlement, and subject to the right, for either of the parties to the dispute, to submit the dispute, before any recourse to the Court, to the Council, of the League of Nations.
Geneva, September 19, 1929.
(Signed) DR. EDUARD BENE9.

Denmark.
On behalf of the Danish Government and subject to ratification, I recognize, in relation to any Member or State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on the sole condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory, ipso facto and without special convention, for a period of five years.
[December 18, 1920]
(Signed) HERLUF ZAHLE.

Dominican Republic.
On behalf of the Government of the Dominican Republic and subject to ratification, I recognize, in relation to any other Member or State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on the sole condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory ipso facio and without special convention.
September 30, I924.16
(Signed) Jacinto R. De Castro.

Egypt.
On behalf of the Royal Egyptian Government and subject to ratification, I accept as compulsory ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other Member of the League of Nations or to any State accepting the same obligation, that is to say on condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court, in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of its Statute, for a period of five years from the date of the deposit of the instrument of ratification, over all disputes arising after the ratification of this Declaration, with regard to situations or facts subsequent to the said ratification, except in cases where the Parties have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to another method of pacific settlement.
The present Declaration does not apply to disputes relating to the right of sovereignty of Egypt, or to questions which, by international law, fall exclusively within its jurisdiction.
Geneva, May 30, 1939."
(Signed) Fakhry.
 
Estonia.
[The instrument of ratification 111 of the Protocol of Signature contains the following:] "The Estonian Republic declares that it recognizes as compulsory ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other Member or State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court, in Conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, for a period of five years, in any future dispute in respect of which the parties have not agreed to have recourse to another method of pacific settlement."

Ethiopia.
On behalf of the Imperial Ethiopian Government the undersigned recognizes as compulsory, ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other Member or State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on the sole condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute, for a period of five years, excepting future disputes in respect of which the parties have agreed to have recourse to another method of pacific settlement.
July 12, 1926.
(Signed) Lagarde, Duc D’Entotto.

 

Finland.
On behalf of the Republic of Finland, and subject to ratification, I recognize, in relation to any other Member or State which accepts the same obligation, that is to say, on the sole condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory, ipso facto and without any special convention, for a period of five years.
[June 28, I92I.]
(Signed) Enckell.

France.
On behalf of the Government of the French Republic and subject to ratification, I recognize as compulsory ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other Member or State accepting the same obligation, the jurisdiction of the Court, in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, for a period of five years, in any disputes arising after the ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to this ratification, and which could not have been settled by a procedure of conciliation or by the Council, according to the terms of Article I 5, paragraph 6, of the Covenant, with reservation as to the case where the parties have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to another method of settlement by arbitration. This declaration replaces the declaration of October 2, I924, which has now lapsed."
Geneva, September 19, I929.
(Signed) Loucheur.

Germany.
On behalf of the German Government, I recognize as compulsory, ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other Member or State accepting the same obligation, the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, for a period of five years, in any disputes arising after the ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to this ratification, except in cases where the parties have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to another method of pacific settlement.
Geneva, September 23, 1927.24
(Signed) [G.] Stresemann.

Great Britain.
On behalf of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom and subject to ratification, I accept as compulsory ipso facts and without special convention on condition of reciprocity the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, for a period of ten years and thereafter until such time as notice may be given to terminate the acceptance, over all disputes arising after the ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to the said ratification
other than disputes in regard to which the parties to the dispute have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to some other method of peaceful settlement; and
disputes with the Government of any other Member of the League which is a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, all of which disputes shall be settled in such manner as the parties have agreed or shall agree; and
disputes with regard to questions which by international law fall exclusively within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom;
and subject to the condition that His Majesty's Government reserve the right to require that proceedings in the Court shall be suspended in respect of any dispute which has been submitted to and is under consideration by the Council of the League of Nations, provided that notice to suspend is given after the dispute has been submitted to the Council and is given within ten days of the notification of the initiation of the proceedings in the Court, and provided also that such suspension shall be limited to a period of twelve months or such longer period as may be agreed by the parties to the dispute or determined by a decision of all the Members of the Council other than the parties to the dispute.
Geneva, September 19, I929
(Signed) Arthur Henderson.
 
Greece.
Duly authorized by the Hellenic Government, acting in virtue of special approval by the legislative power, 1 declare that I accept on behalf of Greece the Optional Clause provided in Article 36 of the Statute of the Permanent Court of International justice, for a period of five years and on condition of reciprocity for all the classes of disputes mentioned in the said Article 36, with the exception of:
(a) disputes relating to the territorial status of Greece, including disputes relating to its rights of sovereignty over its ports and lines of communication;
(b) disputes relating directly or indirectly to the application of treaties or conventions accepted by Greece and providing for another procedure.
This acceptance is effective as from the date of signature of the present declaration.
Geneva, September 12, 1929.
(Signed) A. Michalakopoulos.

Guatemala.
On behalf of the Republic of Guatemala, I accept, subject to ratification and on the sole condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court in all classes of legal disputes concerning:
(a) the interpretation of a treaty;
(b) any question of international law;
(c) the existence of any fact which, if established, would constitute a breach of an international obligation;
(d) the nature or extent of the reparation to be made for the breach of an international obligation.
Geneva, December I7, 1.926.17
(Signed) F. A. Figueroa.

Haiti.
On behalf of the Republic of Haiti, I recognize the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of International justice as compulsory.
[September 7, I921.]
(Signed) F. Addor.

Hungary.
On behalf of the Royal Hungarian Government, and subject to ratification, I recognize, in relation to any other Member or State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on the sole condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory ipso facto and without special convention, in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, Of the Statute, for a period of five years to be reckoned as from the deposit of the instrument of the ratification.
Geneva, September I4, I928."
(Signed) Louis Walko.

India.
On behalf of the Government of India and subject to ratification, I accept as compulsory ipso facto and without special convention on condition of reciprocity the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, for a period of ten years and thereafter until such time as notice may be given to terminate the acceptance, over all disputes arising after the ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to the said ratification:
other than disputes in regard to which the parties to the dispute have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to some other method of peaceful settlement; and
disputes with the Government of any other Member of the League which is a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, all of which disputes shall be settled in such manner as the parties have agreed or shall agree; and
disputes with regard to questions which by international law fall exclusively within the jurisdiction of India;
and subject to the condition that the Government of India reserve the right to require that proceedings in the Court shall be suspended in respect of any dispute which has been submitted to and is under consideration by the Council of the League of Nations, provided that notice to suspend is given after the dispute has been submitted to the Council and is given within ten days of the notification of the initiation of the proceedings in the Court, and provided also that such suspension shall be limited to a period of twelve months or such longer period as may be agreed by the parties to the dispute or determined by a decision of all the Members of the Council other than the parties to the dispute.
Geneva, September 19, I929.
(Signed) MD. HABIBULLAH.

Iran.
The Imperial Government of Persia recognizes as compulsory ipsofacto and without special agreement in relation to any other State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of International justice, in accordance with Article 36, paragraph 2, Of the Statute of the Court, in any disputes arising after the ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts relating directly or indirectly to the application of treaties or conventions accepted by Persia and subsequent to the ratification of this declaration, with the exception of:
(a) disputes relating to the territorial status of Persia, including those concerning the rights of sovereignty of Persia over its islands and ports;
(b) disputes in regard to which the parties have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to some other method of peaceful settlement;
(c) disputes with regard to questions which, by international law, fall exclusively within the jurisdiction of Persia.
However, the Imperial Government of Persia reserves the right to require that proceedings in the Court shall be suspended in respect of any dispute which has been submitted to the Council of the League of Nations.
The present declaration is made for a period of six years. At the expiration of that period, it shall continue to bear its full effects until notification is given of its abrogation.
Geneva, October 2, I930.31
(Signed) Hussein Ala.

Iraq.
On behalf of the Government of Iraq and subject to ratification, I accept as compulsory ipsofacto and without special agreement on condition of reciprocity the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court for a period of five years from the date of the deposit of the instrument of ratification and thereafter until such time as notice be given to terminate the acceptance, over all disputes arising after the ratification of this Declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to the said ratification, with the exception of:
1. Disputes in regard to which the Parties to the dispute have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to some other method of peaceful settlement;
2. Disputes with the Government of any other Arab State, all of which disputes shall be settled in such a manner as the Parties have agreed or shall agree;
3. Disputes with regard to questions which by international law fall exclusively within the jurisdiction of Iraq;
4. Disputes affecting the territorial status of Iraq, including those concerning the right of sovereignty of Iraq over its waters and communications;
and subject to the condition that the Government of Iraq reserve the right to require that proceedings in the Permanent Court of International justice shall be suspended in respect of any dispute which has been submitted to and is under consideration by the Council or Assembly of the League of Nations.
Geneva, September 22, I938.
(Signed) T. Suwaidy.

Ireland.
On behalf of the Irish Free State, I declare that I accept as compulsory ipso facto and without special convention the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36 of the Statute of the Permanent Court of International justice for a period of twenty years and on the sole condition of reciprocity. This declaration is subject to ratification.
Geneva, September I4, 1929.'3
(Signed)
P. McGilligan.

Italy.
The Italian Government declares to recognize as compulsory ipso facto, in relation to any other Member or State accepting the same obligation, and for a period of five years, subject to any other method of settlement provided by a special convention, and in any case where a solution through the diplomatic channel or further by the action of the Council of the League of Nations could not be reached, the jurisdiction of the Court on the following classes of legal disputes arising after the ratification of the present declaration, and concerning:
(a) the interpretation of a treaty;
(b) any question of international law;
(c) the existence of any fact which, if established, would constitute a breach of an international obligation;
(d) the nature or extent of the reparation to be made for the breach of an international obligation.
Geneva, September 9, 1929.
(Signed) Vittorio Scialoja.

Latvia.
On behalf of the Latvian Government and subject to ratification by the Saeima, I recognize as compulsory, ipso facto and without special agreement in relation to any other Member or State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, for a period of five years, in any disputes arising after the ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to this ratification, except in cases where the parties have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to another method of pacific settlement. This declaration replaces the declaration made on September ii, I923.5
Geneva, September 10, I929.
(Signed) A. BALODIS.

Liberia.
On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Liberia, and subject to ratification by the Liberian Senate, I recognize, in relation to any other Member or State which accepts the same obligation, that is to say, on the sole condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory, ipso facto and without any special convention.
[Before September 1, I921.]
(Signed) R. Lerman.

Lithuania.
For a period of five years.
October 5, 1921
(Signed) Galvanauskas.

Luxemburg.
The Government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxemburg recognizes as compulsory, ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute, in any disputes arising after the signature of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to this signature, except in cases where the parties have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to another procedure or to another method of pacific settlement. The present declaration is made for, a period of five years. Unless it is denounced six months before the expiration of that period, it shall be considered as renewed for a further period of five years and similarly thereafter.
Geneva, September 15, 1930.
(Signed) Bech.

Netherlands.
On behalf of the Government of the Netherlands, 1 recognize, in relation to any other Member or State which accepts the same obligation, that is to say, on the condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory, ipso facto and without any special convention, in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, for a period of five years, in respect of any future dispute in regard to which the parties have not agreed to have recourse to some other means of friendly settlement.
August 6, 1921
(Signed) MOSSELMANS.

New Zealand.
On behalf of His Majesty's Government in the Dominion of New Zealand and subject to ratification, I accept as compulsory ipso facts and without special convention on condition of reciprocity the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, for a period of ten years and thereafter until such time as notice may be given to terminate the acceptance, over all disputes arising after the ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to the said ratification:
other than disputes in regard to which the parties to the dispute have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to some other method of peaceful settlement; and
disputes with the Government of any other Member of the League which is a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, all of which disputes shall be settled in such manner as the parties have agreed or shall agree; and
disputes with regard to questions which by international law fall exclusively within the jurisdiction of the Dominion of New Zealand;
and subject to the condition that His Majesty's Government in New Zealand reserve the right to require that proceedings in the Court shall be suspended in respect of any dispute which has been submitted to and is under consideration by the Council of the League of Nations, provided that notice to suspend is given after the dispute has been submitted to the Council and is given within ten days of the notification of the initiation of the proceedings in the Court and provided also that such suspension shall be limited to a period of twelve months or such longer period as may be agreed by the parties to the dispute or determined by a decision of all the Members of the Council other than the parties to the dispute. ,
Geneva, September 19, I929.
(Signed) C. J. Parr.

Nicaragua.
On behalf of the Republic of Nicaragua I recognize as compulsory unconditionally the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of International justice.
Geneva, September 24, 1929."
(Signed) T. F. Medina.
Norway.-On behalf of the Government of His Majesty the King of Norway, and subject to ratification, I recognize, in relation to any other Member or State which accepts the same obligation, that is to say, on the sole condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory, ipso facto and without any special convention, for a period of five years.
September 6, I92I.
(Signed) Fridtjof Nansen.

Panama.
On behalf of the Government of Panama, 1 recognize, in relation to any other Member or State which accepts the same obligation, that is to say, on the sole condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory, ipso facio and without any special convention.
October 25, I92I.
(Signed) R. A. AMADOR.

Paraguay.
[The instrument of ratification by Paraguay of the Protocol of Signature of December i6, i92o, deposited with the Secretariat of the League of Nations on May ii, I933, contains the following passage:] "The Congress of the Nation has also authorised by the said Law No. I,298 the acceptance pure and simple, as compulsory ipso facts and without special convention, of the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of International justice, as set out in Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute." 41

Peru.
On behalf of the Republic of Peru and subject to ratification, I recognize as compulsory ipso facto without special agreement in relation to any other Member of the League of Nations or to any State accepting the same obligation, the jurisdiction of the Court, in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of its Statute, for a period of ten years from the date of deposit of the instrument of ratification, in any dispute arising with regard to situations and facts subsequent to that ratification, except in cases where the parties have agreed either to have recourse to another method of settlement by arbitration, or to submit the dispute previously to the Council of the League of Nations.
Geneva, September 19, 1929.
(Signed) M. H. Cornejo.

Poland.
On behalf of the Republic of Poland, subject to ratification, the undersigned recognizes as compulsory ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other Member of the League of Nations or State accepting the same obligation, the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of International justice in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, for a period of five years, in any future dispute arising after the ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to such ratification, except in cases where the parties have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to another method of peaceful settlement.
The present declaration does not apply to disputes:
(i) with regard to matters which by international law are solely within the domestic jurisdiction of States, or
(2) arising between Poland and States which refuse to establish or maintain normal diplomatic relations wit Poland, or
(3) connected directly or indirectly with the World War or with the Polish-Soviet war, or
(4) resulting directly or indirectly from the provisions of the treaty of peace signed at Riga, on March 18, 1921, or
(5) relating to provisions of internal law connected with points (3) and (4).
Geneva, January 24, I93I.
(Signed) Auguste Zaleski.
 
Portugal.
On behalf of Portugal, I recognize, in relation to any Member or State accepting the same obligation, the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory, ipso facto and without special convention.
[December 18, 1920].
(Signed) Affonso Costa.
 
Rumania.
The Rumanian Government declares that it accedes to the Optional Clause of Article 36 of the Statute of the Permanent Court of International justice for a period of five years in respect of the Governments recognized by Rumania and on condition of reciprocity in regard to legal disputes arising out of situations or facts subsequent to the ratification by the Rumanian Parliament of this accession and with the exception of matters for which a special procedure has been or may be established and subject to the right of Rumania to submit the dispute to the Council of the League of Nations before having recourse to the Court.
The following are, however, excepted:
(a) any question of substance or of procedure which might directly or indirectly cause the existing territorial integrity of Rumania and her sovereign rights, including her rights over her ports and communications, to be brought into question.
(b) disputes relating to questions which, according to international law, fall under the domestic jurisdiction of Rumania.
Geneva, October 8, 1930.
(Signed) C. Antoniade.

El Salvador.
On condition of reciprocity.
[December 18, i920.]
J. Gustavo Guerrero.
Arturo R. Avila

South Africa.
On behalf of His Majesty's Government in the Union of South Africa and subject to ratification, I accept as compulsory ipso facto and without special convention on condition of reciprocity the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, for a period of ten years and thereafter until such time as notice may be given to terminate the acceptance, over all disputes arising.after the ratification of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to the said ratification:
other than disputes in regard to which the parties to the dispute have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to some other method of peaceful settlement; and
disputes with the Government of any other Member of the League which is a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, all of which disputes shall be settled in such manner as the parties have agreed or shall agree; and
disputes with regard to questions which by international law fall exclusively within the jurisdiction of the Union of South Africa; and subject to the condition that His Majesty's Government in the Union of South Africa reserve the right to require that proceedings in the Court shall be suspended in respect of any dispute which has been submitted to and is under consideration by the Council of the League of Nations, provided that notice to suspend is given after the dispute has been submitted to the Council and is given within ten days of the notification of the initiation of the proceedings in the Court, and provided also that such suspension shall be limited to a period of twelve months or such longer period as may be agreed by the parties to the dispute or determined by a decision of all the Members of the Council other than the parties to the dispute.
Geneva, September 19, 1929.
(Signed) Eric H. Louw.

Spain.
On behalf of the Government of His Majesty the King of Spain, I recognize as compulsory ipso facio and without special agreement in relation to any other Member or State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court for a period of ten years, in any dispute arising after the signature of the present declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to this signature, except in cases where the parties have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to another method of pacific settlement.
Geneva, September 2I, 1928.51
(Signed) J. QUIIRONES DE LE6N.

Sweden.
On behalf of the Government of His Majesty the King of Sweden, I recognize, in relation to any other Member or State which accepts the same obligation, that is to say, on the condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory, ipso facto and without any special convention, for a period of five years.
Geneva, August 16, 1921.
(Signed) [P. De] Adlercreutz.

Switzerland.
On behalf of the Swiss Government and subject to ratification by the Federal Assembly, I recognize, in relation to any Member or State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on the sole condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory, ipso facto and without special convention, for a period of five years.
[December 18, 1920.]
(Signed) Motta.

Thailand.
On behalf of the Siamese Government, I recognize, subject to ratification, in relation to any other Member or State which accepts the same obligation, that is to say, on the condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory ipso facts and without any special convention, in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court for a period of ten years, in all disputes as to which no other means of pacific settlement is agreed upon between the parties.
Geneva, September 20, 1929.
(Signed) Varnvaidya.

Turkey.
On behalf of the Turkish Republic, I recognize as compulsory, ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any Member of the League of Nations or State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, for a period of five years, in any of the disputes enumerated in the same Article, arising after the signature of the present declaration, with the exception of disputes relating, directly or indirectly to the application of treaties or conventions concluded by Turkey and providing for another method of peaceful settlement.
Geneva, March I2, 1936.
(Signed) Cemal Husnu Taray

Uruguay.
On behalf of the Government of Uruguay, I recognize, in relation to any Member or State accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on the sole condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Court as compulsory, ipso facto and without special convention.
[Before January 28, 1921.]
(Signed) B. Fernadez Y Medina.

Yugoslavia.
On behalf of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and subject to ratification, I recognize, as compulsory ipso facio and without special agreement, in relation to any other Member of the League of Nations, or State the Government of which is recognized by the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and accepting the same obligation, that is to say, on condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of International justice, in conformity with Article 36 of its Statute, for a period of five years from the date of the deposit of the instrument of ratification, in any disputes arising after the ratification of the present declaration, except disputes with regard to questions which, by international law, fall exclusively within the jurisdiction of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and except in cases where the parties have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to some other method of peaceful settlement.
May i6, I930.
(Signed) Dr. V. Marinkovich.
Declarations under the Council Resolution of May 17, 1922

Liechtenstein.
The Principality of Liechtenstein, represented by the Head of the Government, hereby accepts the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of International justice, in accordance with the Covenant of the League of Nations and with the terms of the Statute and Rules of the Court, in respect of all disputes which have already arisen or which may arise in the future. The Principality of Liechtenstein undertakes to carry out in full good faith the decision or decisions of the Court and not to resort to war against a State complying therewith.
At the same time, the Principality of Liechtenstein accepts as compulsory, ipso facto and without special convention, the jurisdiction of the Court, in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court and No. 2, paragraph 4, of the Resolution of the Council of the League of Nations of May i7, I922, for a period of five years in any disputes which have already arisen or which may arise in the future, except in cases where the Parties have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to another method of pacific settlement.
[March 22, 1939.]
(Signed) Vogt.

Monaco.
The Principality of Monaco, represented by the Minister of State, Director of External Relations, hereby accepts the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of International justice, in accordance with the Covenant of the League of Nations and with the terms of the Statute and Rules of the Court, in respect of all disputes which have already arisen or which may arise in the future. The Principality of Monaco undertakes to carry out in full good faith the decision or decisions of the Court and not to resort to war against a State complying therewith.
At the same time, the Principality of Monaco accepts as compulsory, ipso facto and without special convention, the jurisdiction of the Court, in conformity with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court and No. 2, paragraph 4, of the Resolution of the Council of May I7, 1022, for a period of five years in any disputes arising after the present Declaration with regard to situations or facts subsequent to this Declaration, except in cases where the Parties have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to another method of pacific settlement.
Monaco, April 22, 1937.62
(Signed) M. Boulloux-Lafont.