Article 109 of the Charter of the United Nations requires that the agenda of the 1955 General Assembly contain a proposal for the establishment of a General Conference to review the present Charter'. A Senate Commission was chosen in September, 1953, to study proposals for revision. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, announcing in August, 1953, that the United States favors holding the conference, said that if we are to have real security we must do those things which U.... are necessary to put international intercourse on a friendly and nonfriction basis." There were "serious inadequacies" in the Charter which required alteration, he said, one of which arose out of a disregard for the fact that, in the long run, world order depended upon law and justice. He pointed out that the General Assembly has made "but little progress" in codifying international law, and that the 1955 conference, which "... will be comparable in its importance to the original San Francisco Conference..." will provide " .... a conspicuous opportunity for which the lawyers of America should be prepared." Mr. Dulles has thus invited the cooperation of American lawyers in implementing present American policy to strengthen the United Nations.
Willard B. Cowles,
Revision of the United Nations Charter and the Development of the Law,
33 Neb. L. Rev. 35
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