Andersen, Hendrick Christian [Hrsg.]; Hébrard, Ernest M.   [Hrsg.]
Creation of a world centre of communication — Paris, 1913

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CREATION OF A WORLD-CENTRE.

to all, could hardly fail to enlarge still more their sphere of usefulness
among- the nations.

The strides made of late by electrical and other applied sciences are
enormous, and it is difficult to foresee any limits to the possibilities opening
before us. A marvellous impetus has been given to social and commercial
life, and this in turn has led to an immense development of technical appa-
ratus and appliances. The guiding hand of scientific invention places all
humanity upon a surer moral and economic basis. These inventions meet
mental and physical requirements with such rapidity and directness that they
seem to become the guardian angels of human necessities, providing for
progress and prosperity even in advance of the demand, — as though the silent
artificer in human endeavours worked by an unseen light, supplying every
need with unerring hand. It is certain that the applied sciences are of the
utmost importance for mental and physical progress. Yet, the greatest scien-
tists of our age assure us that our control of Natures energies is only begin-
ning, that electricity is one of the primal forms of force, which as yet is
neither fully mastered nor understood, that the future holds numberless
hidden possibilities, which through scientific study and cooperation will be
disclosed, and that it is impossible to assign any limit to the inventions and
discoveries that posterity will enjoy. Since all nations, to a greater or lesser
degree contribute inventions of undeniable utility, and since these are freely
used for the benefit of all men, a world-centre for the promotion of applied
science, and for the protection of invention would undoubtedly be of immense
value in supplying demands from all over the world.

In view of the multitude of new arrangements created by the constant
increase in means of communication and transportation, the need of unifying
and harmonising the relations between nation and nation becomes more and
more apparent, and, of necessity, new laws are demanded for new conditions.
Regarding points of international contact old laws greatly require to be
remodelled, and in many cases new ones to be made; and for this purpose
nothing could be more suitable than a permanent world-centre for Law and
Criminology, in immediate communication with all the other institutes of
centralised endeavour.

It is now becoming clearly understood that international legislation for
the benefit of commerce, industry, labour, hygiene, etc., is made really
obligatory by reason of the expansion of human endeavour, and the ever
increasing community of interests. This must be based upon accurate know-
ledge of all the conditions involved, as well as upon the human need of
healthy mental and physical expansion. The beginning of an international
jurisdiction has already been established, and the whole range of industrial
institutions, as well as all classes of people are eagerly looking forward to
the righteous development of a humane, protective, international code of
laws.
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