The undersigned Plenipotentiaries, in the name of
their respective Governments:
(Here follow the names of Plenipotentiaries)
Whereas the use in war of asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases,
and of all analogous liquids materials or devices, has been justly condemned
by the general opinion of the civilized world; and
Whereas the prohibition of such use has been declared in Treaties
to which the majority of Powers of the world are Parties; and
To the end that this prohibition shall be universally accepted as a
part of International Law, binding alike the conscience and the practice of
That the High Contracting Parties, so far as they are not already
Parties to Treaties prohibiting such use, accept this prohibition, agree to
extend this prohibition to the use of bacteriological methods of warfare and
agree to be bound as between themselves according to the terms of this
The High Contracting Parties will
exert every effort to induce other States to accede to the present Protocol.
Such accession will be notified to the Government of the French Republic, and
by the latter to all Signatory and Acceding Powers, and will take effect on
the date of the notification by the Government of the French
The present Protocol of which the French
and English texts are both authentic, shall be ratified as soon as possible.
It shall bear today's date.
The ratifications of
the present Protocol shall be addressed to the Government of the French
Republic, which will at once notify the deposit of such ratification to each
of the Signatory and Acceding Powers.
instruments of ratification and accession to the present Protocol will remain
deposited in the archives of the Government of the French
The present Protocol will come into force
for each Signatory Power as from the date of deposit of its ratification, and,
from that moment, each Power will be bound as regards other Powers which have
already deposited their ratifications.
witness whereof the Plenipotentiaries have signed the present
Done at Geneva in a single copy, the
seventeenth day of June, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty-Five.