International organisations are a central component of modern international society. This book provides a concise account of the principles and norms of international law applicable to the intergovernmental organisation (IGO). It defines and explains inter-governmentalism and the role of law in its regulation. The book presents case studies that show how the law works within an institutional order dominated by politics. After a note on the key relationship between the IGO and its member states, it examines the basic relationship between the UN and states in terms of membership through admissions, withdrawal, expulsion, suspension, and representation. The debate about the extent of the doctrine of legal powers is addressed through case studies. Institutional lawmaking in the modern era is discussed with particular focus on at the impact of General Assembly Resolutions on outer space and the Health Regulations of the World Health Organization. Non-forcible measures adopted by the UN and similar IGOs in terms of their legality (constitutionality and conformity to international law), legitimacy and effectiveness, is covered next. The different military responses undertaken by IGOs, ranging from observation and peacekeeping, to peace enforcement and war-fighting, are discussed in terms of legality and practice. The book also considers the idea of a Responsibility to Protect and the development of secondary rules of international law to cover the wrongful acts and omissions of IGOs. It ends with a note on how the primary and secondary rules of international law are upheld in different forms and mechanisms of accountability, including courts.
This book introduces international bureaucracy as a key field of study for public administration and also rediscovers international bureaucracy as an essential ingredient in the study of international organizations. Firstly, the book systematically compares behavioural dynamics within a carefully selected number of international bureaucracies. The focus is on studying these dynamics within international bureaucracies at the actor level - that is, by studying the behaviour and roles as perceived by the officials themselves. The book outlines a conceptual map of four generic behavioural dynamics that are likely to be evoked by these officials: intergovernmental, supranational, departmental and epistemic dynamics. Essentially, the Westphalian international order dominated by the intergovernmental dynamic is challenged to the extent that international bureaucracies embed supranational, departmental and epistemic dynamics in everyday decision-making processes. Admittedly, there are no guarantees that these dynamics always materialise in the actors' behaviour and ultimately in the decisions reached by international organisations. However, they serve as cognitive and normative frames for action, rendering it more likely than not that particular decision-making dynamics are associated with certain behavioural patterns. Secondly, the book illuminates some causal factors that may help to explore the conditions under which different behavioural dynamics are manifested in the behavioural and role perceptions of the incumbents of international bureaucracies. Essentially, the authors do not propose to 'test' the four dynamics outlined above in a rigorous manner. They serve more as 'searchlights for illuminating empirical patterns in our data'.
format of ARS 2001 by containing similar chapters and articles. In addition to articles on internationally wrongful acts, acts of organisations, attribution, breach of international obligations and the responsibility of an internationalorganisation in connection with acts of state, reviewed earlier in the chapter, ARIO 2011 also contains useful chapters and articles on: circumstances precluding wrongfulness (consent, self-defence, countermeasures, force majeure , distress, necessity, and compliance with peremptory norms); 67 general principles on the content of the
Internationalorganisations have emerged in the United Nations era, alongside States, as some of the most prominent actors in international law. Within a very limited time-span they have grown considerably in number but also in size. There remains nevertheless, until today, a certain ambivalence as to their lawmaking capacity in the international legal order, especially with respect to customary international law. 1 The argument has been made long ago that such institutions provide ‘shortcuts to finding custom’. 2 Decision-making procedures within such
This collection of chapters provides the most comprehensive study of the theory and practice on the contribution of international organisations and non-State actors to the formation of customary international law. It offers new practical and theoretical perspectives on one of the most complex questions about the making of international law, namely the possibility that actors other than states contribute to the making of customary international law. Notwithstanding the completion by the International Law Commission of its work on the identification of customary international law, the making of customary international law remains riddled with acute practical and theoretical controversies which have been left unresolved and which continue to be intensively debated in both practice and scholarship. Making extensively reference to the case-law of international law courts and tribunals as well as the practice of treaty-monitoring bodies while also engaging with the most recent scholarly work on customary international law, this new volume provides innovative tools and guidance to legal scholars, researchers in law, law students, lecturers in law, practitioners, legal advisers, judges, arbitrators, and counsels as well as tools to address contemporary questions of international law-making.
Internationalorganisation, global security
and the NWO
In any discussion about how to achieve an NWO the question of how to
implement that order has always been paramount. However, it has often
been observed that ‘one man’s order is another man’s repression’, in other
words, that order is a normative concept. The many different models
suggested for achieving it – balance of power, alliance systems, ‘concerts’
and ‘leagues’ – are all underpinned by a dialectic between those who see the
aim of the order so created as a
It seems uncontested that internationalorganisations 1 can contribute to the making of customary international law. 2 Interestingly, however, the attention of international legal scholars has mostly been drawn to the role internationalorganisations play as forums for evidence of practice and opinio juris of States, 3 rather than their direct involvement as independent international legal persons. This chapter aims to fill the shortfall of internationalorganisations-focused research. It seeks to demonstrate the increasingly important role of
Jarle Trondal, Martin Marcussen, Torbjörn Larsson, and Frode Veggeland
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The bureaucracy of internationalorganisations
International bureaucracies are compound systems of public administration that blend departmental, epistemic and supranational
decision-making dynamics. The intergovernmental dynamic is seen to be
less essential within international bureaucracies. The fact that the
departmental dynamic seems to be overwhelmingly present does not mean
that other dynamics are absent; rather, the departmental logic seems to be
the basis and maybe even the
This book shows how environmentalists have shaped the world's largest multilateral development lender, investment financier and political risk insurer to take up sustainable development. It challenges an emerging consensus over international organisational change to argue that international organisations (IOs) are influenced by their social structure and may change their practices to reflect previously antithetical norms such as sustainable development. The text locates sources of organisational change with environmentalists, thus demonstrating the ways in which non-state actors can effect change within large intergovernmental organisations through socialisation. It combines an account of international organisational change with detailed empirical evidence of change in one issue area across three institutions.
Scholars and practitioners alike have identified interventions on behalf of Armenians as watersheds in the history of humanitarianism. This volume reassesses these claims, critically examining a range of interventions by governments, international and diasporic organisations and individuals that aimed to bring ‘aid to Armenia’. Drawing on perspectives from a range of disciplines, the chapters trace the history of these interventions from the 1890s to the present, paying particular attention to the aftermaths of the Genocide and the upheavals of the post-Soviet period. Geographically, they connect diverse spaces, including the Caucasus, Russia and the Middle East, Europe, North America and South America, and Australia, revealing shifting transnational networks of aid and intervention. These chapters are followed by reflections by leading scholars in the fields of refugee history and Armenian history, Professor Peter Gatrell and Professor Ronald Grigor Suny, respectively.