Lake Mohonk Conference on International Arbitration

Lake Mohonk Conference on International Arbitration

The Lake Mohonk Conference on International Arbitration was founded in 1895 to support the cause of international arbitration, arbitration treaties, and an international court, and to generate public support on behalf of the cause. These meetings, which took place between 1895 and 1916, were instrumental in the creation of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands.

The first Lake Mohonk Conference on International Arbitration was held in June, 1895, at Lake Mohonk in Ulster County, New York. Fifty individuals selected by Albert K. Smiley, a Quaker and the owner of the Mohonk Mountain House, one of the most prestigious summer resorts of the day, convened at the initial sessions at the resort. The annual conferences soon grew to attract 300 leaders of government, business, religion, the press, and education. After Albert Smiley's death in December, 1912, his place as host of the Conferences was taken by his half-brother, Daniel Smiley. The last conference was held in 1916. Plans for a 1917 conference were made, but it was never held, partly due to World War I.

The conference papers were later donated by the Smiley Family to Swarthmore College for study and research.

External links

* [ Lake Mohonk Conference on International Arbitration - Records]
* [ American internationalism: Peace advocacy and international relations, 1895--1916] Dissertation of Cecilie Reid, Boston College

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