• Ramendra Nath Chowdhuri


“The International Trusteeship System,” declared Secretary-General Trygve Lie at the time of the inauguration of the Trusteeship Council, “is no mere prolongation of the Mandates System under the League of Nations. It is a new system of international supervision. Its scope is wider, its power broader, and its potentialities far greater than those of the Mandates System.”1 Few would deny that the introduction of the Visiting Missions and oral hearings, the liberalization of the channels of the petition system, and the association of representatives of non-Administering Powers in the work of the Trusteeship Council are remarkable improvements on the preceding system. But, can we say that the powers of the new system are broader and its potentialities far greater than the old one in the light of its operation during the past nine years? Is it true to say that the Trusteeship System is more effective than the Mandates System? Is there any possibility of its extension to the remaining parts of the colonial world? Is the operation of the machinery devised by the Charter for the supervision of the Trust Territories satisfactory? If not, what improvements can be made in its working? What are the prospects of these Territories for the attainment of the goal of self-government or independence? We shall try to answer these questions and to draw some conclusions as to the effectiveness of the new system.


Trusteeship System Voluntary Association Trusteeship Status Administer Authority Bonin Island 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramendra Nath Chowdhuri
    • 1
  1. 1.geboren te BanarasUttar PradeshIndia

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