The Dogger Bank Case (Great Britain v. France)

The Hague Court Reports 403 (1916)

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The Dogger Bank Case (Great Britain v. France)

Permanent Court of Arbitration
The Hague Court Reports 403 (1916)

SC

Facts

In the early 1900s, Russia was in conflict with Japan. Russian fleets were directed to beware of torpedo boats disguised as fishing boats. One dark night in the North Sea, the Russian fleet saw a green rocket shot into the sky. The rocket was fired by a group of British fishing boats and was a directional indication from the leader of the fishing expedition to others in the expedition. Russian lookout men saw the fishing boats but thought they looked suspicious, and were potentially torpedo boats. The Russian fleet opened fire, killing two fishermen and causing severe damage to the fishing fleet. Great Britain wanted to bring the Russian admiral to trial. Russia did not want to submit its admiral to a British trial, but eventually agreed to submit the question of liability and punishment to the Permanent Court of Arbitration. The commissioners hearing the inquiry were five admirals, from Great Britain, Russia, the United States, France, and Austria.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning ()

Dissent (Russian Commissioner)

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