The Practice and Procedure of International Conferences

The Practice and Procedure of International Conferences

The Practice and Procedure of International Conferences

The Practice and Procedure of International Conferences

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The rapidity with which the conference method has come to the forefront in the conduct of international intercourse is one of the most striking developments in the present era of world affairs. Within the space of a very few years, this method has almost entirely supplanted bilateral diplomatic negotiation in the regulation of matters of interest to more than two or three nations. The number of such conferences held each year is constantly increasing; the scope of subjects they embrace grows ever wider; the effect they have upon the course of daily events the world over is surprisingly extensive and promises to grow progressively greater. We of this age are present at the rapid development toward maturity of a new political instrument whose field of action is as wide as the world itself and whose potential effect upon the course of relations between nations and peoples is as great, if not greater, than that of any other existing political instrument.

It was inevitable that, with the enormous increase in the number of international conferences in recent years, the subject of conference procedure should sooner or later demand some attention. Scarcely a conference has been held that has not at some point in its career encountered annoying questions of procedure, and not a few hopeful projects of interna-

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