FINAL ACT OF THE DIPLOMATIC CONFERENCE 1929
Signed at Geneva, 27 July 1929
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: The Diplomatic Conference of 1929 was convened by the Swiss Federal Council for the purpose of revising the Geneva Convention of 1906 (No. 42) and of adopting a new convention relative to the treatment of prisoners of war. The Conference, at which 47 governments were represented, lasted from 1 to 27 July 1929. For further indications see the introductory notes to the two Conventions (Nos. 44 and 45). The Final Act has no force of law.
AUTHENTIC TEXT: French. The translation below is reprinted from Cmd. 3795 (1931).
TEXT PUBLISHED IN: Actes de la Conférence diplomatique convoquée par le Conseil fédéral suisse pour la revision de la Convention du 6 Juillet 1906 pour l'amélioration du sort des blessés et malades dans les armées en campagne et pour l'élaboration d'une Convention relative au trat terne net des prisonniers de guerre et reunie à Genève du 1 au 27 Juillet 1929, Genève 1930, pp. 725–740 (French); Cmd. 3795 (1931) (Engl.); Deltenre, pp. 558–561 (Engl., French, German, Dutch); Manuel de la Croix-Rouge internationale, 1938, 7ème édition, Genève, Paris, pp. 145–147 (French); Handbook of the International Red Cross, 1953, p. 98 (Engl.); Manuel de la Croix-Rouge internationale, 1953, pp. 107–108 (French); Manual de la Cruz Roja internacional, 1953, p. 103, (Span.); Droit des conflits armés, pp. 393–395 (French); ICRC website: www.icrc.irg/ ihl.nsf.
The Conference convened by the Swiss Federal Council with a view to the revision of the Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armies in the Field of 6 July 1906, and the elaboration of a Code relating to Prisoners of War, deliberated at Geneva from 1–27 July 1929, on the basis of two draft Conventions which had been examined and approved by the 10th and 11th International Conferences of the Red Cross.
The countries enumerated below took part in the Conference for which the Delegates hereinafter named had been appointed:
[Here follow the names of delegates]
The Conference was presided over by Mr. Paul Dinichert, Minister Plenipotentiary, Delegate of Switzerland.
The Conference appointed two Commissions.
The First Commission, charged with the revision of the Geneva Convention, was presided over by M. Paul Dinichert, the Second, charged with the elaboration of a Code relating to Prisoners of War, by M. Harald Scavenius. The Second Commission was divided into two Sub-Commissions, one presided over by Mr. Hugh R. Wilson, Delegate of the United States of America, the other by the Right Honourable Sir Horace Rumbold, Delegate of Great Britain.