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The law of international organizations is undergoing profound changes. This has been caused in large part by the increasingly important role that international organizations have played in exercising powers conferred on them by national Governments. This phenomenon has led to concerted attempts by States, international courts and tribunals, and domestic courts to seek to ensure accountability for these exercises of power by imposing corresponding limits on international organizations.
This volume is focused on several key aspects of this accountability process: the content of the rules of international law relating to when an international organization can be held responsible for its breach of a primary rule of international law (the law codified in the UN draft Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations), when an international organization can plead immunity from jurisdiction of national and possibly international tribunals, and what remedies can be taken against an international organization. The chapters in this volume are the result of research conducted by outstanding junior academics who were participants in the 2011 Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations of the Hague Academy of International Law.