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Herz, 1941. Social Research 8(1):63-78

Expropriation of Alien Property (An Inquiry into the Sociology of International Law)
John H. Herz

Social Research: An International Quarterly

Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 8, No. 1 (Spring 1941): 63-78

EXCERPT: One workable method for investigating international law is that of historical and sociological approach. Taking the law as it functions in different periods and in different circumstances, it asks which of the alleged rules have become effective and to what degree under various conditions. The task of the sociologist in examining general expressions intended to ascribe legal consequences to certain facts and occurrences, is not to subsume the facts under an a priori conception but to find what practice has actually meant when using one of those expressions. This is the method I shall follow in examining the problem of expropriation in international law. In this case, I take expropriation to mean the interference by the state with private property rights, and take specific interest in those cases wherein rights belonging to foreigners are interfered with.
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