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The structure of the LON:


Main task


How it works

Potential problems

The secretariat

-kept record of League meetings

-prepared reports for the different agencies

The council

(executive body, decisions making part of the Organization)

-sort out major disputes between members

-discuss world problems and suggest solutions

Permanent members: Britain, France, Italy, Japan (1920)

Temporary members: elected by the assembly for 3 Years periods. Between 4 and 9 depending time.

-met around 5 times a year and in case of Emergencies

- if the problem was not solved by discussing there Was a moral condemnation (decide aggressor and tell it to stop), economic and Financial sanction (refuse to trade with aggressor), military force (army of Members used)

-each permanent member had the power of veto, so They should all agree (decisions had to be unanimous)

-it hadn’t an army of its own

-slow for making decisions

-since the USA was not part, trading sanctions were Not effective (USA main trading country at that time)

The Assembly

(sort of world parliament. Met in Geneva)

-admitting new members

-appointing temporary members of council



-discuss world problems and suggest solutions

-recommend action to the council

Every county of the League sent a representative to The assembly

-decisions had to be unanimous

-met once a year

-each country had a vote

-the assembly discussed all kind of world problems And suggested solutions

-slow for making decisions as it met once a year

-decisions had to be unanimous

The permanent court of international justice

(Based in The Hague in Netherlands)

-ruled on border disputes between two or more states

-it gave legal advice to the assembly and council

5 judges from the member countries

Governments could bring their disputes to court and The judges would decide who was right or wrong and how the dispute could be Settled

-the court had no way of making sure that the Countries followed the ruling

-it could only judge between appellants countries And only when they were both sides willingly put their case before the court.

The international labor organization


-improve the working conditions of working people Throughout the world

Employers, governments and workers representatives

-met once a year

-it collected statistics and info about working Conditions and tried to persuade member countries to adopt suggestions

-met once a year

-met only once a year

-lack of founds

-it could not do much more than “name and shame” Countries or organizations that broke regulations or mistreated wks.

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