New book published:
Peace Through Law: The Versailles Peace Treaty and Dispute Settlement After World War I
edited by Michel Erpelding, Burkhard Hess & Hélène Ruiz Fabri

9 April 2019

The Editors are pleased to announce that Peace Through Law: The Versailles Peace Treaty and Dispute Settlement After World War I has now been published via online open access on the Nomos website.

The contents of the book, which can be downloaded by individual chapter or in its entirety, can be found at this link:



With the benefit of hindsight, presenting the Treaty of Versailles as an example of ‘peace through law’ might seem like a provocation. And yet, the extreme variety and innovativeness of international procedural and substantial ‘experiments’ attempted as a result of the Treaty of Versailles and the other Paris peace treaties of 1919–1920 remain striking even today. While many of these ‘experiments’ have had a lasting impact on international law and dispute settlement after the Second World War, and considerably broadened the very idea of ‘peace through law’, they have often disappeared from collective memories.

Relying both on legal and on historical research, this book provides a global overview of how the Paris peace treaties impacted dispute resolution in the interwar period, both substantially and procedurally. The book’s accounts of several all-but-forgotten international tribunals and their case law include references to archival records and photographic illustrations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Versailles and the Broadening of ‘Peace Through Law’
Michel Erpelding

Part 1: Peace Through Law?

Chapter 1 Drama Through Law: The Versailles Treaty and the Casting of the Modern International Stage
Nathaniel Berman

Part 2: The Establishment of a New International Order of Peace

Chapter 2 The League of Nations as a Universal Organization
Thomas D Grant

Chapter 3 Preventing a Repetition of the Great War: Responding to International Terrorism in the 1930s
Michael D Callahan

Chapter 4 The Legacy of the Mandates System of the League of Nations
Mamadou Hébié, Paula Baldini Miranda da Cruz

Chapter 5 Negotiating Equality: Minority Protection in the Versailles Settlement
León Castellanos-Jankiewicz

Part 3: The Emergence of International Economic Law

Chapter 6 Managing the ‘Workers Threat’: Preventing Revolution Through the International Labour Organization
Guy Fiti Sinclair

Chapter 7 The Role of Private International Law: UNIDROIT and the Geneva Conventions on Arbitration
Herbert Kronke

Chapter 8 Article 231 of the Versailles Treaty and Reparations: The Reparation Commission as a Place for Dispute Settlement
Jean-Louis Halpérin

Chapter 9 The Conversion of Reparations into Sovereign Debts (1920–1953)
Pierre d’Argent

Part 4: The Institutionalization of International Adjudication

Chapter 10 Peace Through International Adjudication: The Permanent Court of International Justice and the Post-War Order
Christian J Tams

Chapter 11 International Adjudication of Private Rights: The Mixed Arbitral Tribunals in the Peace Treaties of 1919–1922
Marta Requejo Isidro, Burkhard Hess

Chapter 12 Local International Adjudication: The Groundbreaking ‘Experiment’ of the Arbitral Tribunal for Upper Silesia
Michel Erpelding

Part 5: Beyond ‘Peace Through Law’: The Use of Law and Its Records as Vehicles of Resistance and Change

Chapter 13 Resistance Through Law: Belgian Judges and the Relations Between Occupied State and Occupying Power
Didier Boden

Chapter 14 The Work of Peace: World War One, Justice and Translation Through Art
Jennifer Balint, Neal Haslem, Kirsten Haydon