An Introduction to the Law of the United Nations

Author: Robert Kolb
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1847317294
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This work aims to fill a gap in the existing legal literature by presenting a compact, concise but nevertheless panoramic view of the law of the United Nations. Today the organisation is at the centre of all multilateral international relations and impossible to avoid. And of course the UN Charter is a foundational document without which modern international law cannot be properly understood. In spite of its importance, this pre-eminent world political organisation is poorly understood by the general public, and the extent and variety of its activities is not widely appreciated. Even lawyers generally possess insufficient knowledge of the way its legal institutions operate. Assessments of the organisation and judgements about its achievements are consequently frequently distorted. This work is aimed especially at remedying these deficiencies in public and legal understanding, but also at presenting the organisation as a coherent system of values and integrated action. Thus the book presents an overarching view of the significance of the UN organisation in general, the history of its origins in the League of Nations, the aims and principles of the Charter, governmental agencies, members of the Organisation, the non-use of violence and collective security, the peaceful settlement of disputes, and the question of amendments to the Charter. This work will be suitable for students of law and international relations, as well as scholars and those interested in the work and organisation of the United Nations.

Brierly s Law of Nations An Introduction to the Role of International Law in International Relations

Author: Andrew Clapham
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191632678
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This concise book is an introduction to the role of international law in international relations. Written for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, the book first appeared in 1928 and attracted a wide readership. This new edition builds on Brierly's scholarship and his idea that law must serve a social purpose. Previous editions of The Law of Nations have been the standard introduction to international law for decades, and are widely popular in many different countries due to the simplicity and brevity of the prose style. Providing a comprehensive overview of international law, this new version of the classic book retains the original qualities and is again essential reading for all those interested in learning what role the law plays in international affairs. The reader will find chapters on traditional and contemporary topics such as: the basis of international obligation, the role of the UN and the International Criminal Court, the emergence of new states, the acquisition of territory, the principles covering national jurisdiction and immunities, the law of treaties, the different ways of settling international disputes, and the rules on resort to force and the prohibition of aggression.

The United Nations

Author: Jussi M. Hanhimäki
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0190222700
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The United Nations has been called everything from "the best hope of mankind" to "irrelevant" and "obsolete." In this concise overview, Jussi Hanhimaki sheds light on the current debate over the UN's effectiveness as he provides a clear understanding of how it was originally conceived, how it has come to its present form, and how it must confront new challenges in a rapidly changing world. After a brief history of the UN, the author examines its successes and failures as a guardian of international peace and security, as a promoter of human rights, as a protector of international law, and as an engineer of socioeconomic development.

Law and Practice of the United Nations

Author: Simon Chesterman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190493259
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Law and Practice of the United Nations: Documents and Commentary combines primary materials with expert commentary demonstrating the interaction between law and practice in the UN organization, as well as the possibilities and limitations of multilateral institutions in general. Each chapter begins with a short introductory essay describing how the documents that ensue illustrate a set of legal, institutional, and political issues relevant to the practice of diplomacy and the development of public international law through the United Nations. Each chapter also includes questions to guide discussion of the primary materials, and a brief bibliography to facilitate further research on the subject. This second edition addresses the most challenging issues confronting the United Nations and the global community today, from terrorism to climate change, from poverty to nuclear proliferation. New features include hypothetical fact scenarios to test the understanding of concepts in each chapter. This edition contains expanded author commentary, while maintaining the focus on primary materials. Such materials enable a realistic presentation of the work of international diplomacy: the negotiation, interpretation and application of such texts are an important part of what actually takes place at the United Nations and other international organizations. This work is ideal for courses on the United Nations or International Organizations, taught in both law and international relations programs.

The Law and Practice of the United Nations

Author: Benedetto Conforti
Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
ISBN: 9004143084
Format: PDF
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This fully up-dated, third revised edition of Conforti's thought-provoking and challenging textbook, The Law and Practice of the United Nations, provides a comprehensive legal analysis of problems concerning membership, the structure of UN organs, their functions and their acts, taking into consideration the text of the Charter, its historical origins, and, particularly, the practice of the organs. Its main focus is on the practice of the Security Council. In particular the action of the Security Council under Chapter VII has been taken into account. The legal literature on Chapter VII - a literature which has grown enormously in recent times - has also been considered. The fact that the legal aspects of the action or the inaction of the Security Council have been discussed to an unusually large extent by ordinary people at the time of the war against Iraq and even later is worth noting. The importance of the role of the United Nations, and the content of the rules governing it, has become a leitmotiv of all debates on international politics. Consequently, the opinion often held in the past, according to which it was useless to deal with the legal aspects of the United Nations activity, can be considered as obsolete.

The Rule of Law in the United Nations Security Council Decision Making Process

Author: Sherif Elgebeily
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1315413442
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The UN Security Council is entrusted under the UN Charter with primary responsibility for the maintenance and restoration of the international peace; it is the only body with the power to authorise military intervention legally and impose international sanctions where it decides. However, its decision-making process has hitherto been obscure and allegations of political bias have been made against the Security Council in its responses to potential international threats. Despite the rule of law featuring on the Security Council’s agenda for over a decade and a UN General Assembly declaration in 2012 establishing that the rule of law should apply internally to the UN, the Security Council has yet to formulate or incorporate a rule of law framework that would govern its decision-making process. This book explains the necessity of a rule of law framework for the Security Council before analysing existing literature and UN documents on the domestic and international rule of law in search of concepts suitable for transposition to the arena of the Security Council. It emerges with eight core components, which form a bespoke rule of law framework for the Security Council. Against this framework, the Security Council’s decision-making process since the end of the Cold War is meticulously evaluated, illustrating explicitly where and how the rule of law has been undermined or neglected in its behaviour. Ultimately, the book concludes that the Security Council and other bodies are unwilling or unable adequately to regulate the decision-making process against a suitable rule of law framework, and argues that there exists a need for the external regulation of Council practice and judicial review of its decisions.

The Law and Practice of the United Nations

Author: Benedetto Conforti
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004318534
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The Law and Practice of the United Nations examines the law of the United Nations through an analysis of the Organization’s practice from its inception until the present.

The Law of the Sea

Author: U. N. Gupta
Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist
ISBN: 9788126904082
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The Book, The Law Of The Sea, With An Introduction By Professor U.N. Gupta, Is Designed To Meet The Needs And Requirements Of Scholars Of International Law And International Relations; Professionals Engaged In Merchant Shipping Or Connected With Naval Forces And The Policy Makers Of Different States Who Want To Know About National Interests In The Seas, Among Others. Necessarily, The Book Presents In Depth The Various Forms And Aspects Of Human Interests Involved When The States Do Or Do Not Have A Sea Coast. This Study Encompasses A Period Of About Six Centuries And Is Dotted With Conflict Of Claims Made By Kings And States From Time To Time, Various Mutual Understandings Made, Treaties Or Conventions Signed By Them, Or Customary International Law Relating To The Sea As It Gradually Developed By Consensus Or By Sufferance. The Sea Has Provided An Easy Method Of Navigation For Trade Or Empire Building Purposes. The Various Parts Of The Sea, Like Bays, Gulfs Or Territorial Sea Got Defined In The Process. This Part Of The Law Of Sea Which Is History-Based And Mainly Customary Has Been Included In The Introduction Part Of The Book. With The Technological Advancements Made For Winning The Second World War, The Victorious Powers Saw The Vast Economic Potential For Exploitation Presented To Them By The Widespread Ocean Wealth. This Capability And Future Prospects Gave Copernican Turn To Customary Law Of The Sea As It Was Till The End Of Second World War. The New Competitive Wave Set In Motion By The Two Unilateral Proclamations By The Usa In 1945 Resulted In The Overhauling Of The Law Of Sea By The Four 1958 Geneva Conventions On The Law Of Sea. The Introduction And The Appendices To The Book Give The Rationale, Substance And The Texts Of These Developments. These Also Lead To Various International Understands, Conventions And Treaties Made For Peaceful Uses Of The Seas By The States. The Important Use Of The Seas For Extraction Of Sea Wealth Gave Rise To Further Demands On The Law Of Sea In 1960S And 1970S Leading To The Iii United Nations Conferences On The Law Of Sea. The Culminated Comprehensive 1981 Un Convention On The Law Of Sea After Long Drawn Consensus Procedures By All The States Of The World, Coastal Or Non-Coastal, Is In Various Ways Studied In The Book And The Text Of 1981 Convention On The Law Of Sea Has Been Included In Its Appendices.

Transforming Law and Institution

Author: Rhiannon Morgan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317007565
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In the past thirty or so years, discussions of the status and rights of indigenous peoples have come to the forefront of the United Nations human rights agenda. During this period, indigenous peoples have emerged as legitimate subjects of international law with rights to exist as distinct peoples. At the same time, we have witnessed the establishment of a number of UN fora and mechanisms on indigenous issues, including the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, all pointing to the importance that the UN has come to place on the promotion and protection of indigenous peoples' rights. Morgan describes, analyses, and evaluates the efforts of the global indigenous movement to engender changes in UN discourse and international law on indigenous peoples' rights and to bring about certain institutional developments reflective of a heightened international concern. By the same token, focusing on the interaction of the global indigenous movement with the UN system, this book examines the reverse influence, that is, the ways in which interacting with the UN system has influenced the claims, tactical repertoires, and organizational structures of the movement.

An Introduction to International Organizations Law

Author: Jan Klabbers
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316299821
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The third edition of this market-leading textbook (previously called An Introduction to International Institutional Law) is written in a clear, three-part structure. It is centred on the dynamics of the relationships between international organisations and their organs, staff, and the outside world. It discusses the essential topics of the law of international organisations, including powers, finances, and privileges and immunities, as well as membership rules, institutional structures, and accountability. The newly revised text has been updated extensively to reflect the entry into force of the EU's Lisbon Treaty (and Croatia's accession) and new articles on the responsibility of international organisations. The chapters have also been reorganised for further clarity. Two new chapters, on the international civil service and the relations between organisations and other institutions, respectively, have been added.