Drago Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

The Drago Doctrine refers to a principle asserted by Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis María Drago in December 29, 1902. The doctrine held that international law did not authorize European powers to use armed intervention to force American republics to pay public debts. The doctrine was not new in principle, though its concept is narrower than that of the earlier Calvo Doctrine from which it grew. The subject was presented at the Hague Conference of 1907, when a modified version of the Drago doctrine was adopted.