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Adapting to a New World

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On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on Germany. The Society promptly adopted a resolution noting the need to train newly conscripted citizens in military and international law. The Society's Annual Meeting for 1917 had already been arranged, and so it proceeded on schedule. In 1918, however, the Society's Committee on the Annual Meeting decided not to hold the regular Annual Meeting. Instead, there would be a meeting of the Executive Council to discuss the current situation and in particular to consider adopting a public statement on the status of international law. The Executive Council adopted a resolution urging the Peace Conference to adopt Root's recommendation. The 1919 volume of the Journal dealt extensively with issues arising from World War I, including those surrounding the Paris Peace Conference. Editorial Comments in the post-World War I era covered virtually all events and issues of interest to American international lawyers.

Keywords: Executive Council; Paris Peace Conference; Society's Committee; World War I



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