The League of Nations 1928

November 8, 1928

Report Outline
The League and the World Court
Technical Organizations of the League
The League and the Kellogg Pact
The League of Nations and Disarmament
Work of Committee on Arbitration and Security
Social and Humanitarian Activities of the League

The Ninth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the League of Nations, which convened at Geneva September 3 and adjourned September 26, 1928, had for its principal purpose the determination of League policy during the forthcoming year. The regular annual session, which by established rule is opened at the seat of the League on the first Monday of each September, is called “ordinary” to distinguish it from special sessions. Special sessions may be convoked at any time, either by a majority vote of the Council or by a majority vote of the Assenbly, taken when in ordinary session, or by ballots circulated by the Secretary-General to the respective capitals when the Assembly is not in session. To date there has been only one special session of the Assembly - that convoked by the Council in March, 1926, to consider the admission of Germany to the League.

Virtually coincident with the ninth session of the Assembly were the Fifty-first and Fifty-second sessions of the Council of the League, held between August 30 and September 26. For practical purposes these two sessions count as one. They are listed separately because of the reconstitution of the Council caused by the Assembly's annual election of three of the Council's non-permanent members. The terms of China, Colombia and Holland expired this year and on September 10, Spain, Persia and Venezuela were elected in their stead. This change in membership marked the beginning of the Fifty-second session of the Council. The Fifty-third session will convene at Geneva on December 10, following the custom of regular quarterly meetings.

The Ninth Session of the Assembly was attended by the largest number of states ever represented at such gatherings, fifty of the fifty-four member nations having delegations present.1 These delegations included six prime ministers (Austria, Canada, Germany, Lithuania, Luxemburg and Norway) and sixteen foreign ministers (Belgium, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, Jugoslavia, Latvia, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland). In addition, a number of former premiers and former foreign ministers were among the delegates. While no nation is allowed more than three official representatives on the floor of the Assembly, six states (Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Poland) sent delegations of twenty or more, including technical advisers and secretaries. Excluding secretaries, there were eight women delegates who played an active rôle in the proceedings of the Assembly, one each from Australia, Great Britain, Denmark, Finland, Holland, Norway, Rumania and Sweden.

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