Japanese Sovereignty and Declarations of War

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University Club, Room 212
@ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Monday Seminar:

Douglas Howland

UW System Fellow (2009-2010)

History, UW-Milwaukee


The paper treats the controversy surrounding Japan’s commencement of hostilities against Russia in February 1904, and examines how that start to the Russo-Japanese War informed discussions regarding the need for declarations of war prior to hostilities: within the Institut de droit international and at the second Hague Peace Conference in 1907. Japan’s aggressive assertion of sovereignty led to a change in the international laws of war.


Douglas Howland is the David D. Buck Professor of Chinese History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the author, most recently, of Personal Liberty and Public Good: The Introduction of John Stuart Mill to Japan and China (2005) and the co-editor (with Luise White) of The State of Sovereignty: Laws, Territories, Populations (2009).