Between Anarchy and Society: Trusteeship and the Obligations by William Bain

By William Bain

The overseas management of states - no matter if in Bosnia, Kosovo, or East Timor - has visible a go back to the primary of trusteeship; that's while a few kind of overseas supervision is needed in a selected territory so as either to take care of order and to foster the norms and practices of reasonable self-government. Drawing on heritage, legislations, and diplomacy thought, William Bain offers an authoritative and forceful account of this significant and misunderstood phenomenon.

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Norton & Company, 1965), 13. 72 J. Mill, The History of British India, abrg. W. Thomas (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975), 33; J. C. Smuts, Africa and Some World Problems (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1930), 75; and Butterfield, The Whig Interpretation of History, 16, 73. INTRODUCTION 25 non-European society could appear only as depraved, destitute, and defective. And it is this notion of defect, something that is confirmed as deviance from European standards of perfection, which sustains and justifies the relations of inequality that are at the centre of the idea of trusteeship.

Laslett (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), 304. 70 People who were made wards of some corporation, state, or international organization were similarly deemed as being unable to know true law, and, accordingly, they were regarded as being incapable of directing their individual and collective lives by their own will. Darkness prevented them from seeing the true nature of things and irrationality concealed from sight the conditions of their own happiness. Therefore, the condition of inequality that so prominently shapes the character of trusteeship is the consequence of defect.

L. Angoulvant, governor of the Ivory Coast in 1908, justified the purpose of French rule in the paternal language of trusteeship: ‘[f]or a long time yet our subjects must be led to progress despite themselves, as some children are educated despite their reluctance to work. ’57 The Portuguese and the Belgians too understood themselves as guardians of underdeveloped (child-like) peoples that required guidance in becoming civilized (adult) peoples. And the fact that they were treated as such was not, for example, lost on Congolese nationalists on the eve of independence: ‘We do not enjoy always being treated as children.

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