Syllabus on International Relations

By Parker Thomas Moon; Institute of International Education (New York, N.Y.) | Go to book overview

A. GENERAL CAUSES.
1. Growing intimacy and complexity of international business and social relations, especially since development of steam and electricity in 19th century.
2. Necessity of some degree of joint regulation of international public utilities such as rivers, railways, telegraphs, etc.
3. Necessity of joint action to protect certain forms of property, trade marks, patents, patent rights, copyrights.
4. Necessity of joint action to control social evils such as slave trade, narcotic drugs, infectious and contagious diseases, etc.
5. Necessity for joint action in miscellaneous other matters, such as postal service, monetary exchanges, common weights and measures, collection and dissemination of international information regarding agriculture and other subjects.

B. VARIETY OF METHODS.
1. International bureaux or offices for collection and distribution of information, without other administrative functions. Example-- International Institute of Agriculture.
2. International conferences, bureaux, or commissions to propose measures for concerted or uniform action by separate national governments. Example--International Labor Organization (below, VIII).
3. Genuine international administration by means of permanent international bureaux, offices, or commissions, executing international agreements, sometimes making and administering rules, transacting regular business, collecting and disbursing funds, etc. Example --International Postal Union.

C. SOME SIGNIFICANT TYPES OF COOPERATION.
1. International administration of territory.
a. Unsuccessful and unimportant condominiums in Samoa, New Hebrides, etc.
b. Temporary joint sovereignty of Allied and Associated Powers over Memel, former German colonies, and other ceded territories, after War.
c. Tangier, Danzig, and the Saar Basin.
d. The mandates, as instances of national administration under international supervision.
e. Relatively small extent and poor results of international territorial administration.
2. International regulation of public utilities.
a. Waterways.
i. International commissions for control of certain rivers (N. B., Danube and Rhine).
ii. International commission to control passage of warships through Dardanelles and Bosphorus ( 1923).
iii. Proposals for extension of international control over other strategic straits, canals, and rivers.
b. International regulation of certain railways.

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