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Legal Status of Territories Subject to Administration by International Organisations

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ISBN13: 9780521885836
Published: June 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £103.00

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The international community’s practice of administering territories in post-conflict environments has raised important legal questions. Using Kosovo as a case study, Bernhard Knoll analyses the identity of the administrating UN organ, the ways in which the territories under consideration have acquired partial subjectivity in international law and the nature of legal obligations in the fiduciary exercise of transitional administration developed within the League of Nations’ Mandate and the UN Trusteeship systems.

Knoll discusses Kosovo’s internal political and constitutional order and notes the absence of some of the characteristics normally found in liberal democracies, before proposing that the UN consolidates accountability guidelines related to the protection of human rights and the development of democratic standards should it engage in the transitional administration of territory.

  • Examines the human rights obligations of international organisations assuming functions of government, highlighting to the reader areas in which UN territorial governance is problematic
  • Discusses the legitimacy for Chapter VII-mandated UN governance missions that assume control over territories, using an interdisciplinary approach
  • Discusses what constitutes a ‘person’ in international law, thus providing an overview of claims to legal personality by UN-administered entities, and makes clear their connection to claims to self-determination

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Public International Law
1. Creation of internationalised territories
2. Fiduciary administration: mandates, trust and the transitory sovereignty vacuum
3. Self-determination and the personality of internationalised territories
4. ‘The King’s Two Bodies’: the dual functions of international administrations
5. Extent of UN-authority in Kosovo and the problem of an open-ended institution-building mandate
6. The status process
7. An anomalous legitimacy cycle
8. Properties of a transitory legal order
9. Concluding appraisal.