The Dispute Over the Mandate

  • Laurent C. W. Kaela


The League of Nations was formally dissolved in April 1946. On the 18th of the same month its Assembly adopted a Resolution on mandates, part of which was as follows:
  • The Assembly …

  1. 3.

    Recognizes that, on the termination of the League’s existence, its functions with respect to the Mandated territories will come to an end, but notes that Chapters XI, XII and XIII of the Charter of the United Nations embody principles corresponding to those declared in Article 22 of the covenant of the League.

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    Takes note of the expressed intention of the Members of the League now administering territories under mandate to continue to administer them for the well-being and development of the peoples concerned in accordance with the obligations contained in the respective mandates, until other arrangements have been agreed between the United Nations and the respective mandatory powers’.1



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  1. 1.
    International Court of Justice (hereafter ICJ), ‘Written Statement of the U.S.A.’, Pleadings, Oral Arguments, Documents: International Status of South-West Africa (The Hague: ICJ, 1950), pp. 101–2; 130–1.Google Scholar
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    John Dugard, The South West Africa/Namibia Dispute: Documents and Scholarly Writings on the Controversy Between South Africa and the United Nations (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973), p. 105.Google Scholar
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    Charles Arden-Clarke, ‘South West Africa, the Union and the United Nations’, African Affairs, Vol. 59, No. 234, January 1960, p. 32.Google Scholar
  4. See also A.J. Van Wyk, ‘The S.W.A. Issue at the U.N.’, Africa Institute Bulletin, Vol. 7, No. 9, 1966, p. 200.Google Scholar
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    The Fourth Committee was very critical of South Africa’s administration of the mandated territory, especially the application of apartheid. Ronald B. Ballinger, South-West Africa: The Case Against the Union (Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations. 1961). pp. 16–17.Google Scholar
  6. 16.
    See Brian Bunting, The Rise of the South African Reich (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1964), p. 122.Google Scholar
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    A.O. Avborokhai, Texts of United Nations Resolutions on Namibia, 1946–1978, Pt. 1: General Assembly (Lusaka: United Nations Institute for Namibia, 1980), p. 5.Google Scholar
  8. 47.
    James N. Murray, Jr, The United Nations Trusteeship System (Urbana: The University of Illinois Press, 1957), p. 27.Google Scholar

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© Laurent C. W. Kaela 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurent C. W. Kaela
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  1. 1.University of ZambiaZambia

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