Britain, the League of Nations and the New International Order

Britain, the League of Nations and the New International Order

The University of Edinburgh, in association with the National Library of Scotland, will be hosting a free online Conference from 20-21 November 2020.

November 2020 marks the centenary of the first meeting of the Assembly of the League of Nations in Geneva.

Because of the continuing uncertainties presented by COVID-19, the conference will be held entirely online, through Microsoft Teams. There is no registration fee, but all attendees must register their interest via the Conference website:

We would welcome 20-minute papers on any of the following aspects of the work of the League, and its role in the shaping of the post-First World War international system:

  • The work of the League – mandates, minority protection, refugees, economics and finance, disarmament and peace-making
  • The British Foreign Office and Geneva – the League Council and Assembly, British priorities
  • The League and its operation – the international civil service, the League and international law
  • The social work of the League – health, trafficking, women’s rights and gender equality
  • The cultural impact and legacy of the League – the LNU, peace movements, the League and popular culture, global governance in the twentieth and twenty-first century


Those wishing to present papers are invited to submit a 250-word abstract and one-page CV to Dr David Kaufman, by email:, by 20 August 2020.


Speakers include

Professor Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney)

Professor Peter Jackson (University of Glasgow)

Dr Madeleine Dungy (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)