Preliminary Draft of a World Constitution

Preliminary Draft of a World Constitution

Preliminary Draft of a World Constitution

Preliminary Draft of a World Constitution

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The Committee To Frame a World Constitution was formed in the early days of the atomic age. It held thirteen meetings, of two or three days each, from November, 1945, to July, 1947. Its work, together with contributions of a staff of associates, is summarized in the Index of Documents--150, totaling ca. 4,500 pages--on pages 69--80 of this volume. The directives and intents of the Committee's work have been illustrated for a wider audience in Common Cause, a monthly magazine published by the Committee since July, 1947. A "Brief History of the Committee" in the first issue (pp. 11-22) reported on the main developments in the research and progressive deliberations of the group.

A constitutional draft, listed in the Index of Documents as No. 141, was approved in the thirteenth Committee meeting, except for a few variants and difficulties whose study was assigned to a drafting subcommittee of four. The work of the subcommittee was completed within the same month, and its results were proposed to the other colleagues during the following weeks.

The text, so revised, was printed in a confidential edition, "not for public circulation or use," whose front cover, dated October, 1947, described the document as a "Preliminary Draft of a World Constitution submitted for comment to a restricted number of leaders and experts by the Committee To Frame a World Constitution." Approximately 350 copies were distributed. The same text, with only slight modifications, was published in Common Cause, March, 1948, and reprinted immediately after by the Saturday Review of Literature and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Reprints in Britain and other English-speaking countries as well as translations into a number of languages are under way.

No change has been introduced in the constitutional draft as presented in this volume, which intends to provide a stand-

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