The World Court and the Geneva Protocol

January 24, 1925

Report Outline
New Arguments Pro and Con
The Geneva Protocol
Present Status of the Geneva Protocol

The calling of a special session of the Senate immediately after March 4 to consider and take final action upon the Harding-Coolidge recommendation for American participation in the World Court is “being urged by organizations supporting the Court and is believed to fee under serious consideration by President Coolidge. The President is given power by the Constitution (Art. II Sec. 3) “on extraordinary occasions, (to) convene both Houses, or either of them”. New senators will be sworn in March 4, and the Senate will meet in extra session on that date, in any case, to confirm such nominations as the President may submit, including Cabinet officers. These March 4 sessions have frequently been extended to include consideration of other natters before the Senate and on eight occasions in the past the Senate has been called into separate session on other dates.

Senator Jones of Washington, Republican whip of the Senate, was the first to recommend a special session for consideration of the World Court proposal.

“By calling such a session,” he said, “President Coolidge would be seeking merely to carry out. the pledge contained in the Republican platform that adherence should be given by the United States to the World Court with certain reservations.”

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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Jul. 25, 1929  The Kellogg Treaty and the World Court
Dec. 26, 1925  Decisions and Sanctions of the World Court
Dec. 14, 1925  The Senate and the World Court
Jan. 24, 1925  The World Court and the Geneva Protocol
Dec. 31, 1923  The Permanent Court of International Justice
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