Imperial Conferences

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Imperial Conferences


conferences of representatives (usually prime ministers) of Great Britain and the dominions.

First convened in 1911, imperial conferences were evidence of the growing independence of the dominions. Properly speaking, the imperial conferences were preceded by the colonial conferences of 1887, 1894, 1897, 1902, and 1907, which were attended by representatives of Great Britain, the self-governing emigrant colonies, and certain crown colonies. The imperial conferences were held in 1911, 1917, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1926, 1930, 1932, and 1937; discussions primarily concerned questions of the foreign policy of the British Empire. A resolution on the participation of representatives of India in future imperial conferences was adopted at the conference of 1917. The conference of 1926 officially recognized the complete independence of the dominions in questions of domestic and foreign policy and affirmed their equality (in the state law sense) with Great Britain. The resolutions of this conference, confirmed by the imperial conference of 1930, underlay the Statute of Westminster (1931). After World War II consultations and then conferences of the prime ministers of the Commonwealth came to replace the imperial conferences.


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CONTENTS I The Inter Se Doctrine II Imperial Treaties: Territorial Extent III World War I: The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations IV The 1923 and 1926 Imperial Conferences V Inconsistency with Actual International Experience VI Treaty-Making Practice in the 1920s and 1930s VII The Period after World War II VIII Treaty-Making: Conclusion IX The Settlement of Disputes: The World Court X Acceptance of the World Court's Jurisdiction XI A Special Dispute Settlement Process for the Commonwealth?
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(28) Colonial and imperial conferences declined to embrace the most ambitious versions of imperial citizenship and eventually the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act 1914 affirmed the powers of dominion governments to police and manage their own borders and populations.
(29) For the colonial conferences of the 1890s and 1900s and the imperial conferences of 1909 and 1911, see the summaries in Maurice Ollivier, ed., The Colonial and Imperial Conferences from 1887 to 1937 (Ottawa: Edmond Cloutier, 1954), vols.
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