The Czar and the Slaves: Two Puzzles in the History of International Arbitration

Bennett Ostdiek, John Fabian Witt
2019 American Journal of International Law  
AbstractIn 1822, the Russian czar resolved a dispute over compensation for slaves fleeing to British lines during the War of 1812. American observers have long asserted that this canonical decision favored the United States. But new debate has recently arisen among historians. Uncovering evidence from diplomatic archives, this Article concludes that the czar did indeed side with the United States. Moreover, the case demonstrates how nineteenth-century American statesmen pressed international
more » ... ed international law into service in support of slavery.
doi:10.1017/ajil.2019.23 fatcat:kgzoxb4lrbesnnd5sbm5pq7thq