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1. Politics the support or commission given to a government and its policies or an elected representative and his policies through an electoral victory
2. (formerly) any of the territories under the trusteeship of the League of Nations administered by one of its member states
a. Roman law a contract by which one person commissions another to act for him gratuitously and the other accepts the commission
b. Contract law a contract of bailment under which the party entrusted with goods undertakes to perform gratuitously some service in respect of such goods
c. Scots law a contract by which a person is engaged to act in the management of the affairs of another
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



authorization, commission. The term “mandate” also refers to a document that confirms a particular person’s authority (for example, the mandate of a deputy). The term originated in Roman law to signify a contract of agency.

In international law at the time of the founding of the League of Nations the term “mandate” meant the authority given to a particular state to govern parts of Turkish possessions or former German colonies in the name of the League.

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Its staff collected and reviewed annual reports submitted by each mandatory power, detailing the administration of each mandated territory under its control.
(27) Included in the letter were the details of arrangements made by the RAN to cover Mandated Territory traffic, utilising the services of an ex-RAN telegraphist who was still an active member of the RANVR and employed as the radio operator on Nauru Island.
He said the second fact was the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, denied by Israel since the division of the mandated territory of Palestine in 1948.
Is the latter an independent country or a mandated territory of the UN/NATO and how much is the Milosevic government really an independent international actor?
Even more curious is that the former non-self-governing mandated territory of Palestine, which was seen fit to be divided into two separate and distinct self-governing territories only thirteen short years earlier, was not affected by the passing of this resolution; indeed, the passing of Resolution 1514 would have been a convenient moment for the U.N.