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The United Nations System

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Nigel WhiteProfessor of International Law, University of Nottingham

ISBN13: 9781588260703
ISBN: 1588260704
Published: December 2002
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
Format: Paperback
Price: £24.50

To what extent does the United Nations system work? This comprehensive survey of the world's most important family of international organizations examines the UN's structure and powers, and considers whether it is achieving what it set out to do.;Focusing on legal rather than political issues, White first examines the UN's objectives, not only as defined in the original charter and the constituent documents of its various agencies, but also in terms of how its goals and values have been implemented. He then explores its institutional structure, explaining each body's powers and the relationships among them; here, he also evaluates the various bodies in terms of democratic accountability and transparency. In the core of the book, a wide-ranging review of UN activities, he assesses whether the organization has sufficient powers to implement its goals in the key areas of security, justice, human rights, the environment and economic development.

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The Legal Nature of the UN: A UN System; Evolutionary Elements of the Legal Order; The UN's Values. The Institutional Framework: The Political Organs - Power and Accountability; The Legal Organs - Accountability and the Rule of Law. Implementation and Protection: Peace and Security; Support for Democracy; International Criminal Justice; Human Rights; The Environment; Economic and Development Matters.