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1912 Hague Conference

  • By: William C. Plouffe Jr
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

In 1912 an international conference, the 1912 Hague International Opium Convention, was held at The Hague. It concerned the international problem of narcotic drugs and was intended to be a follow up to the first international conference to address the issue of drugs, the 1909 Shanghai Conference.

It was also meant to establish some enforcement powers for the resolutions adopted at the 1909 Shanghai Conference. The Hague was selected as the location of the conference to enhance the international aspect of the conference.

At the end of the 19th century, a number of international efforts began to try to curtail the trade in opium. One of major proponents of reform was the Chinese government, which made a number of petitions to Great Britain to reduce the opium ...

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