Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee

League of Nations

  • Courtland Lewis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_543

The League of Nations formed in 1919 as a response to the devastation of the First World War and was an international governing body designed to promote world peace by organizing member-states under a single system of international cooperation and mutual support based on justice, honor, and sincerity. Its origin can be traced back to pre–World War II pacifist movements in both America and Britain, which gained support from politicians like United States President Woodrow Wilson as a result of the long-drawn-out devastation of the First World War. The foundation of the League appeared in Wilson’s “Fourteen Points” and the resulting peace treaties. The League was designed to foster humane conditions of labor, the suppression of human trafficking, the suppression of dangerous drugs, the maintenance of freedom of communication and transportation, the creation of equitable means of commerce among members, and promotion of health.

The League’s constitutional Covenant consisted of 26 articles...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Courtland Lewis
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Tennessee, Pellissippi State Technical Community CollegeKnoxvilleUSA