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World Court Proceedings

Larsen vs. Hawaiian Kingdom Arbitration

Lance Larsen vs. Hawaiian Kingdom       1999 - 2001

DVD Mini-Documentary & Booklet

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For the first time in history the Hawaiian Kingdom entered into international arbitration with a Hawaiian national concerning the violation of his civil rights by United States authorities. U.S. authorities incarcerated Mr. Larsen for 30 days, 7 of which were in solitary confinement, for adhering to Hawaiian Kingdom law while resident in the Hawaiian Kingdom. Larsen, through counsel, alleged the acting Government was responsible for his incarceration. A 3-member arbitration panel comprised of Prof. James Crawford, SC, President, with associate members Prof. Christopher Greenwood, QC, and Gavan Griffith, QC, would determine if Larsen had redress against the acting Government for not protecting him. The significance of the case was that the court verified Hawai`i to be an independent and sovereign State, and that the case was a "legitimate" international dispute, despite the United States deliberate non-participation in the arbitration.

Case Description:
"At the center of the PCA proceeding was…that the Hawaiian Kingdom continues to exist and that the Hawaiian Council of Regency (representing the Hawaiian Kingdom) is legally responsible under international law for the protection of Hawaiian subjects, including the claimant. In other words, the Hawaiian Kingdom was legally obligated to protect Larsen from the United States' 'unlawful imposition [over him] of [its] municipal laws' through its political subdivision, the State of Hawai`i. As a result of this responsibility, Larsen submitted, the Hawaiian Council of Regency should be liable for any international law violations that the United States committed against him."—American Journal of International Law, vol. 95, p. 928.

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"Because international tribunals lack the power of joinder that national courts enjoy, it is possible––as a result of procedural maneuvering alone––for legitimate international legal disputes to escape just adjudication. For example, in Larsen, the United States commanded an enviable litigation posture: even though the United States admitted its illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, it repeatedly refused to consent to international arbitration"—American Journal of International Law, vol. 95, p. 927.

Contents:
The Larsen v. Hawaiian Kingdom arbitration package contains a 32-page booklet detailing the history of the Hawaiian Kingdom as an independent state and the Larsen arbitration case, a 20 minute mini-documentary filmed exclusively in The Hague, 3 power point presentations, and copies of all documents filed with the court in PDF format.

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Donation:
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