No. 1041.
Mr. Winchester to Mr. Bayard.

No. 230.]

Sir: Last year the congress of the institute of international law took place at Heidelberg, and on the 30th of September next it will be opened at Lausanne, the seat of the Swiss federal tribunal.

The list of subjects for discussion was selected at last year’s assembly and comprises the common features of the conflict of civil laws; the conflict of the laws relative to marriage and divorce; joint stock companies, and encounters at sea. Then comes the law of extradition, international penal law, the occupation of unclaimed territories according to the treaty of Berlin; the international laws concerning railways, telegraphs, and telephones in time of war; and finally, a question of vital importance for Switzerland, in what manner and in what limits can governments exercise the right of expulsion of strangers.

I am etc.,

Boyd Winchester.