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Peace Through Law: Britain and the International Court in the 1920's

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Lorna LloydLecturer in International Relations, Keele University

ISBN13: 9780861932351
ISBN: 0861932358
Published: December 1998
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £50.00

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Lucid and meticulous...a significant contribution to the study both of British foreign policy and the League of Nations in the 1920s. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW This is the first book to examine the legal and political factors behind the policy of Britain and the British Dominions (Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and the Irish Free State) towards the League of Nations' attempt in the 1920s to persuade states to accept the compulsory jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of International Justice at The Hague. The British Government was initially publicly opposed to this, but the importance of the 'peace through law' approach in Geneva and in British politics, and a favourable international climate, led Britain to accept compulsory adjudication by the end of the decade. The book is based on an exhaustive examination of British documents, and on discussions with one of the major British exponents of the 'peace through law' approach, Philip Noel-Baker. It throws light on the attitudes of great powers towards international adjudication, and on an approach to peace that after years of neglect appears to have regained prominence with the ending of the Cold War.;Dr LORNA LLOYD is Lecturer in International Relations at Keele University.

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Part 1 Stop-go, 1920-1924: the origins of the Optional Clause; the Labour Party and the Optional Clause, 1920 to September 1924; the fifth (1924) Assembly of the League of Nations and British policy.
Part 2 Slow but steady, 1925-1929: the League of Nations Union and British policy; the Assembly of the League of Nations and British policy; the United States and British policy; the dominions and British policy.
Part 3 Arrival, 1929: the second Labour government and Britain's acceptance of the Optional Clause. Appendices: biographical notes; Statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice, Article 36; League of Nations Covenant, Articles 10-16; Protocol for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes 1924 (the Geneva Protocol), Articles 3, 4, 5, 10; United Kingdom declaration accepting the Optional Clause; United Kingdom explanatory statement on Optional Clause; dominion statements and Irish declaration on Optional Clause.