This week’s research guide International Organizations

International Organizations - Research Guide International Law

An international organization can be defined, following the International Law Commission, as an ‘organization established by a treaty or other instrument governed by international law and possessing its own international legal personality’. International organizations generally have States as members, but often other entities can also apply for membership. They both make international law and are governed by it. Yet, the decision-making process of international organizations is often ‘less a question of law than one of political judgement’.

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Nuclear Deal, Sanctions, Nuclear Diplomacy

After nearly two years of arduous negotiations a comprehensive agreement on the nuclear program of Iran was signed in Vienna on 14 July 2015. In exchange for reducing Iran’s nuclear activities drastically, the United States and the European Union would lift their nuclear-related sanctions on the Iranian economy. Most countries and international organizations welcomed the agreement. Will U.S. President Obama be remembered as initiator of this ‘historic’ deal? The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a nuclear agreement signed in Vienna on 14 July 2015 between Iran, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council—China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany), and the European Union.

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    • Viruly, A., Por la Honoro de Nia Lando, Rotterdam, D. van Sijn & Zonen.
      Viruly, A., Por la Honoro de Nia Lando, Rotterdam, D. van Sijn & Zonen.

      Viruly, A., Por la Honoro de Nia Lando, Rotterdam, D. van Sijn & Zonen.

    • Meulen, P. van der, en A.J. Montijn (red.), De menschheid en de alcohol: een maatschappelijk vraagstuk, veelzijdig belicht door gezaghebbende Nederlanders, Zwolle, Nederlandse Groot-Loge der Internationale Orde van Goede Tempelieren, 1928.
      Meulen, P. van der, en A.J. Montijn (red.), De menschheid en de alcohol: een maatschappelijk vraagstuk, veelzijdig belicht door gezaghebbende Nederlanders, Zwolle, Nederlandse Groot-Loge der Internationale Orde van Goede Tempelieren, 1928.

      Meulen, P. van der, en A.J. Montijn (red.), De menschheid en de alcohol: een maatschappelijk vraagstuk, veelzijdig belicht door gezaghebbende Nederlanders, Zwolle, Nederlandse Groot-Loge der Internationale Orde van Goede Tempelieren, 1928.

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      Graaf zu Dohna-Schlodien, De tweede "Möwe"-Tocht, Amsterdam, W. ten Have, 1917.

      Graaf zu Dohna-Schlodien, De tweede "Möwe"-Tocht, Amsterdam, W. ten Have, 1917.

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