§134. Agencies Concerned in Drafting the Original Statute. Four agencies were principally concerned in the drafting of the original Statute: the 1920 Committee of Jurists, the Council of the League of Nations, a sub-committee of the Third Committee of the First Assembly of the League of Nations, and the Third Committee of the First Assembly of the League of Nations. In its plenary sessions, the First Assembly of the League of Nations did little more than to confirm the results of the work of its Third Committee and the latter's sub-committee.1 To understand the genesis of any provision of the original Statute, it may be necessary to trace the drafts through the thirty-five meetings of the Committee of Jurists, June 16-July 24, 1920;2 through the eighth and tenth sessions of the Council of the League of Nations, at San Sebastian July 30- August 5, and at Brussels October 20-28, 1920;3 through the eleven meetings of the sub-committee, November 24-December 10, 1920;4 through the eight meetings of the Third Committee, November 17-____________________
It is a difficult task to trace the provisions of the Statute through the discussions of the Committee of Jurists. Until its 17th meeting, no definite text was taken as the basis of discussion. The Root-Phillimore plan, Minutes, pp. 298-301, 326-328, served as the basis from the 17th to the 24th meetings; a text prepared by a drafting committee, idem, pp. 561-571, served as the basis from the 25th to the 30th meetings. The 31st meeting was devoted to a second reading, and the final draft-scheme was signed at the 32nd meeting on July 23, 1920. Idem, p. 671.