The Public International Conference: Its Function, Organization and Procedure

The Public International Conference: Its Function, Organization and Procedure

The Public International Conference: Its Function, Organization and Procedure

The Public International Conference: Its Function, Organization and Procedure

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As a mechanism for the conduct of international relations the conference has secured wide recognition. On account of the frequent resort that nations have made to it, its characteristics should be extensively and critically studied. The purpose of this volume is both to describe and to analyze the international conference, bearing in mind the relation of its methods to history, diplomacy, and international law.

To accomplish this aim the contents have been presented in such a way as to cover, first, a historical sketch of the conference in international relations; second, its organization and procedure; third, a discussion of several significant problems related to it; and, finally, a definition of its natural limitations and its legitimate sphere of operation. Emphasis has been placed upon outstanding conferences of the last few decades, including the two Hague Conferences of 1899 and 1907, the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, the Washington Conference on the Limitation of Armament of 1921-22, the Genoa Conference of 1922, the Havana Conference of 1928, and conferences related to permanent international organizations. Their contributions to the conference method have been of special importance. Numerous references have been made, however, to other diplomatic gatherings.

Documentary materials have been readily available for recent independent conferences and for diplomatic gatherings related to permanent organizations. They have been used extensively. Among the secondary works that have been relied upon, particular mention should be made of Sir Ernest Satow admirable book entitled Congresses and Conferences. Much valuable material has also been . . .

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