The question when retorsion is and when it is not justified is not one of law, and is difficult to answer.
Although such acts may be met by retorsion, they are not illegal and therefore not delinquent acts.
For the application of retorsion is confined to political, and that of reprisals to legal differences.
retorsion, reprisals, pacific blockade, and war will be treated in the second volume of this work.
These measures of retorsion should always be within the bounds of municipal and international law.
The essence of retorsion consists in retaliation for a noxious act by an act of the same kind.
Mallarmé set him to cryptic harmonies, and placed him in a dim rich forest (though he called him a faun; a faun in retorsion).
However, acts of retorsion are confined to acts which are not internationally illegal.