This course will examine the principal issues concerning organisations composed of states. These include the legal status and powers of organisations, membership and participation, norm-creation, dispute settlement, enforcement of decisions, peace and security activities, and the organisations’ privileges and immunities. It will also address such contemporary problems as the creation of an international criminal court, the “succession” of Russia to the USSR’s seat on the UN Security Council, the response to the break-up of Yugoslavia, the new strategic concept of NATO, the jurisdictional issues in the Lockerbie-case, peacekeeping after an “Agenda for Peace”, the success of the WTO dispute settlement, and the question of responsibility of international organisations. Primary consideration will be given to the development of the United Nations. Other universal and regional organisations will also be dealt with.
Basic conceptes of the law of international organisations
Participation in and internal structures of international organisations
Rule-making by international organisations
Dispute settlement through international organisations
Enforcement of decisions by international organisations
Peace and security activities
Peacekeeping and UN administration of territory
International organisations and national legal systems - accountability issues
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