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The Law and Politics of International Organizations

Edited by: Kenneth W. Abbott

ISBN13: 9781783476718
Published: July 2015
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
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The overarching theme of this collection is the degree to which the activities and even the law of international organizations are embedded in politics, as demonstrated by episodes such as Security Council authorizations for the use of military force and in activities such as admission of members, financing, voting, and civil society participation.

In his original introduction, Kenneth Abbott illuminates the deep entanglement of law and politics in the structures and activities of international organizations and provides a comprehensive overview of his selection of important articles. These influential, scholarly articles address the priniciple legal and political issues and episodes and explore analytical perspectives from law and politics. Spanning the period from 1944 to 2014, they enable the reader to trace legal, political and scholarly developments over time, and provide an entry point into the work of classic authors, such as Hans Kelsen, Quincy Wright and Inis Claude, Jr.

Public International Law
Introduction Kenneth W. Abbott

1. Quincy Wright (1949), ‘The Jural Personality of the United Nations’, American Journal of International Law, 43 (3), July, 509–16

2. Hans Kelsen (1944), ‘The Principle of Sovereign Equality of States as a Basis for International Organization’, Yale Law Journal, 53 (2), March, 207–20
3. Dan Ciobanu (1976), ‘Credentials of Delegations and Representation of Member States at the United Nations’, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 25 (2), April, 351–81
4. Frederic L. Kirgis, Jr. (1990), ‘Admission of “Palestine” as a Member of a Specialized Agency and Withholding the Payment of Assessments in Response’, American Journal of International Law, 84 (1), January, 218–30
5. Michael P. Scharf (1995), ‘Musical Chairs: The Dissolution of States and Membership in the United Nations’, Cornell International Law Journal, 28 (1), 29–69

6. Norman J. Padelford (1948), ‘The Use of the Veto’, International Organization, 2 (2), June, 227–46
7. Eric A. Posner and Alan O. Sykes (2014), ‘Voting Rules in International Organizations’, Chicago Journal of International Law, 15 (1), Summer, 195–22

A. The Security Council: Actions and Controls
8. Leland M. Goodrich (1958), ‘The UN Security Council’, International Organization, 12 (3), 273–87
9. Oscar Schachter (1964), ‘The Quasi-Judicial Rôle of the Security Council and the General Assembly’, American Journal of International Law, 58 (4), October, 960–65
10. David D. Caron (1993), ‘The Legitimacy of the Collective Authority of the Security Council’, American Journal of International Law, 87 (4), October, 552–88
11. W. Michael Reisman (1993), ‘The Constitutional Crisis in the United Nations’, American Journal of International Law, 87 (1), January, 83–100
B. The Secretary-General
12. Paul C. Szasz (1991), ‘The Role of the U.N. Secretary-General: Some Legal Aspects’, New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, 24 (1), Fall, 161–98
13. Thomas M. Franck (1995), ‘The Secretary-General’s Role in Conflict Resolution: Past, Present and Pure Conjecture’, European Journal of International Law, 6 (1), 360–87

A. Treaties
14. José E. Alvarez (2002), ‘The New Treaty Makers’, Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, 25 (2), 213–34
B. General Assembly Resolutions
15. D.H.N. Johnson (1955–1956), ‘The Effect of Resolutions of the General Assembly of the United Nations’, British Yearbook of International Law, 32, 97–122
16. Christopher C. Joyner (1981), ‘U.N. General Assembly Resolutions and International Law: Rethinking the Contemporary Dynamics of Norm-Creation’, California Western International Law Journal, 11, 445–78
C. Security Council Decisions
17. Paul C. Szasz (2002), ‘The Security Council Starts Legislating’, American Journal of International Law, 96 (4), October, 901–5
18. Stefan Talmon (2005), ‘The Security Council as World Legislature’, American Journal of International Law, 99 (1), Janaury, 175–93

19. C.F. Amerasinghe (1991), ‘Liability to Third Parties of Member States of International Organizations: Practice, Principle and Judicial Precedent’, American Journal of International Law, 85 (2), April, 259–80
20. Frédéric Mégret and Florian Hoffmann (2003), ‘The UN as a Human Rights Violator? Some Reflections on the United Nations Changing Human Rights Responsibilities’, Human Rights Quarterly, 25 (2),May, 314–42
21. Daphna Shraga (2000), ‘UN Peacekeeping Operations: Applicability of International Humanitarian Law and Responsibility for Operations-Related Damage’, American Journal of International Law, 94 (2), April, 406–12
22. August Reinisch (2001), ‘Developing Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Accountability of the Security Council for the Imposition of Economic Sanctions’, American Journal of International Law, 95 (4), October, 851–72
23. Kristen E. Boon (2011), ‘New Directions in Responsibility: Assessing the International Law Commission’s Draft Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations’, Yale Journal of International Law Online, 37, Spring, 1-10
24. Jean d’Aspremont (2012), ‘The Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations: Magnifying the Fissures in the Law of International Responsibility’, International Organizations Law Review, 9 (1), 15-28

25. Josef L. Kunz (1947), ‘Privileges and Immunities of International Organizations’, American Journal of International Law, 41 (4), October, 828–62
26. Emmanuel Gaillard and Isabelle Pingel-Lenuzza (2002), ‘International Organisations and Immunity from Jurisdiction: To Restrict or To Bypass’, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 51 (1), January, 1–15

27. Ebere Osieke (1983), ‘The Legal Validity of Ultra Vires Decisions of International Organizations’, American Journal of International Law, 77 (2), April, 239–56

28. Hungdah Chiu (1965), ‘Succession in International Organisations’, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 14 (1), January, 83–120

29. Inis L. Claude, Jr. (1963), ‘The Political Framework of the United Nations’ Financial Problems’, International Organization, 17 (4), Autumn, 831–59
30. Leo Gross (1963), ‘Expenses of the United Nations for Peace-Keeping Operations: The Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice’, International Organization, 17 (1), Winter, 1–35
31. Elisabeth Zoller (1987), ‘The “Corporate Will” of the United Nations and the Rights of the Minority’, American Journal of International Law, 81 (3), July, 610–34

32. Inis L. Claude, Jr. (1963), ‘United Nations Use of Military Force’, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 7 (2), June, 117–29
33. Louis Henkin (1965), ‘The United Nations and Human Rights’, International Organization, 19 (3), Summer, 504–17
34. Nigel D. White (1994), ‘U.N. Peacekeeping – Development or Destruction?’, International Relations, 12 (1), April, 129–58
35. Michael Barnett, Hunjoon Kim, Madalene O’Donnell and Laura Sitea (2007), ‘Peacebuilding: What Is in a Name?’, Global Governance, 13 (1), 35–58

Volume II

An introduction by the editor to both volumes appears in Volume I

A. Overviews
1. Frederic L. Kirgis, Jr. (1995), ‘The Security Council’s First Fifty Years’, American Journal of International Law, 89 (3), July, 506–39
2. José E. Alvarez (2006), ‘International Organizations: Then and Now’, American Journal of International Law, 100 (2), April, 324–47
B. Milestones
3. Leland M. Goodrich (1947), ‘From League of Nations to United Nations’, International Organization, 1 (1), February, 3–21
4. Juraj Andrassy (1956), ‘Uniting for Peace’, American Journal of International Law, 50 (3), July, 563–82
5. Keith S. Petersen (1959), ‘The Uses of the Uniting for Peace Resolution since 1950’, International Organization, 13 (2), Spring, 219-32
6. David A. Kay (1967), ‘The Politics of Decolonization: The New Nations and the United Nations Political Process’, International Organization, 21 (4), Autumn, 786–811
7. Myres S. McDougal and W. Michael Reisman (1968), ‘Rhodesia and the United Nations: The Lawfulness of International Concern’, American Journal of International Law, 62 (1), 1–19
8. Oscar Schachter (1991), ‘United Nations Law in the Gulf Conflict’, American Journal of International Law, 85 (3), July, 452–73
9. Bruno Simma (1999), ‘NATO, the UN and the Use of Force: Legal Aspects’, European Journal of International Law, 10 (1), 1–22
10. Antonio Cassese (1999), ‘Ex Iniuria Ius Oritur: Are We Moving Towards International Legitimation of Forcible Humanitarian Countermeasures in the World Community?’, European Journal of International Law, 10 (1), 23–30
11. Adam Roberts (1999), ‘NATO’s “Humanitarian War” over Kosovo’, Survival, 41 (3), Autumn, 102–23

A. Political Theories of International Organization
12. Inis L. Claude, Jr. (1966), ‘Collective Legitimization as a Political Function of the United Nations’, International Organization, 20 (3), Summer, 367–79
13. Martha Finnemore (1993), ‘International Organizations as Teachers of Norms: The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization and Science Policy’, International Organization, 47 (4), Autumn, 565–97
14. Kenneth W. Abbott and Duncan Snidal (1998), ‘Why States Act through Formal International Organizations’, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 42 (1), February, 3–32
15. Michael N. Barnett and Martha Finnemore (1999), ‘The Politics, Power, and Pathologies of International Organizations’, International Organization, 53 (4), Autumn, 699–732
16. Ian Hurd (2002), ‘Legitimacy, Power, and the Symbolic Life of the UN Security Council’, Global Governance, 8 (1), January–March, 35–51
17. Joel P. Trachtman (2014), ‘The Economic Structure of the Law of International Organizations’, Chicago Journal of International Law, 15 (1), Summer, 162–94
B. International Organizations and Constitutional Orders
18. Joel P. Trachtman (2006), ‘The Constitutions of the WTO’, European Journal of International Law, 17 (3), 623-46
19. Erika de Wet (2006), ‘The International Constitutional Order’, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 55 (1), January, 51–76
C. New Forms of International Organization
20. Robert O. Keohane and Joseph S. Nye (1974), ‘Transgovernmental Relations and International Organizations’, World Politics, 27 (1), October, 39–62
21. Robin R. Churchill and Geir Ulfstein (2000), ‘Autonomous Institutional Arrangements in Multilateral Environmental Agreements: A Little-Noticed Phenomenon in International Law’, American Journal of International Law, 94 (4), October, 623–59
22. Anne-Marie Slaughter (1997), ‘The Real New World Order’, Foreign Affairs, 76 (5), September–October, 183–97
23. Shepard Forman and Derk Segaar (2006), ‘New Coalitions for Global Governance: The Changing Dynamics of Multilateralism’, Global Governance, 12 (2), April–June, 205–25
24. Felicity Vabulas and Duncan Snidal (2013), ‘Organization without Delegation: Informal Intergovernmental Organizations (IIGOs) and the Spectrum of Intergovernmental Arrangements’, Review of International Organizations, 8 (2), 193-220
D. International Organizations and Non-State Actors
25. Dianne Otto (1996), ‘Nongovernmental Organizations in the United Nations System: The Emerging Role of International Civil Society’, Human Rights Quarterly, 18 (1), February, 107–41
26. Kenneth W. Abbott and Duncan Snidal (2010), ‘International Regulation without International Government: Improving IO Performance through Orchestration’, Review of International Organizations, 5 (3), 315–44

27. David Mitrany (1948), ‘The Functional Approach to World Organization’, International Affairs, 24 (3), July, 350–63
28. Geoffrey Palmer (1992), ‘New Ways to Make International Environmental Law’, American Journal of International Law, 86 (2), April, 259–83
29. Martti Koskenniemi (1995), ‘The Police in the Temple. Order, Justice and the UN: A Dialectical View’, European Journal of International Law, 6, 325–48
30. Ngaire Woods (1999), ‘Good Governance in International Organizations’, Global Governance, 5 (1), January–March, 39–61
31. Richard Falk and Andrew Strauss (2000), ‘On the Creation of a Global Peoples Assembly: Legitimacy and the Power of Popular Sovereignty’, Stanford Journal of International Law, 36, 191–220
32. Benedict Kingsbury and Lorenzo Casini (2009), ‘Global Administrative Law Dimensions of International Organizations Law’, International Organizations Law Review, 6 (2), 319–58