We seek participants for a proposed panel at the 2012 AHA Annual Meeting:
Proposed AHA Panel Title: International Law, International Community
This panel seeks to explore national, transnational, and inter-governmental efforts to ingrain law as the basis of a harmonious world system in the interwar period.
Formal international relations were based on raw calculations of power between nations until the First World War. President Woodrow Wilson led the United States into the war on behalf of the Western Allies by arguing that conflict was an opportunity to destroy an old world order based on autocracy and brute force. Reformers around the world applauded Wilson as he sought to erect a new order at the Versailles Peace Conference based on an international, judicial world assembly called the League of Nations. Wilson's plan aimed to improve the lives of millions around the world through humanitarian and collaborative bodies designed to create a global community that would help settle international disputes, regulate commerce, defend selected human rights, and establish international standards of labor. The League's founding inaugurated a twenty-five year campaign by reformers around the world to advance human progress through international law and inter-governmental institutions designed to create a global legal community.
Those interested in participating should contact Charles Delgadillo (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jill Jensen (email@example.com), University of California, Santa Barbara Department of History, by Feb 7, 2011.
UC Santa Barbara
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