International Organizations

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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.

This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research on International Organizations. It provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library’s classification index code 130a. International Organizations and subject heading (keyword) International Organizations are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.

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1. Unequal actors in equalising institutions
Unequal actors in equalising institutions : negotiations in the United Nations General Assembly / Diana Panke. - Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. - XV, 250 pages. : illustrations. ; 23 cm Bibliographical references: page 175-246. - Includes index. - 2013
Keywords: United Nations, General Assembly, Negotiations, International relations, International organizations,

2. International Administrative Tribunals
International Administrative Tribunals / Chittharanjan F. Amerasinghe. - Oxford : Oxford University Press. - Pagina 316-335 In: The Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication / editors Cesare P.R. Romano, Karen J. Alter, Yuval Shany, ISBN 0199660689: (2014), Pagina 316-335. - 2014
Keywords: International administrative tribunals, International administrative law, International organizations,

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  • Hurd, I., International Organizations: Politics, Law, Practice, Cambridge; New York, Cambridge University Press, 2014. Showcase item

    Hurd, I., International Organizations: Politics, Law, Practice, Cambridge; New York, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

    International organizations are at the heart of many global issues today. This new textbook looks at the leading international organizations and explains how they both shape and are shaped by international politics. The book examines three themes: the legal obligations that give international organizations their powers; the mechanisms that elicit compliance by their member states; and the practices of enforcement in the organization. Each chapter shows how international organizations work in practice and the interactions between them and their member states. This fresh text provides a comprehensive understanding of what international organizations do, how and why they do it, and the challenges they face.

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  • Zaum, D. (ed.), Legitimating International Organizations, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013.

    Zaum, D. (ed.), Legitimating International Organizations, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013.

    The legitimacy of international and regional organisations and their actions is frequently asserted and challenged by states and commentators alike. Their authorisations or conduct of military interventions, their structures of decision-making, and their involvement into what states deem to be domestic matters have all raised questions of legitimacy. As international organisations lack the coercive powers of states, legitimacy is also considered central to their ability to attain compliance with their decisions. Despite the prominence of legitimacy talk around international organisations, little attention has been paid to the practices and processes through which such organisations and their member states justify the authority these organisations exercise – how they legitimise themselves both vis-a-vis their own members and external audiences. This book addresses this gap by comparing and evaluating the legitimation practices of a range of international and regional organisations. It examines the practices through which such organisations justify and communicate their legitimacy claims, and how these practices differ between organisations. In exploring the specific legitimation practices of international organisations, this book analyses the extent to which such practices are shaped by the structure of the different organisations, by the distinct normative environments within which they operate, and by the character of the audiences of their legitimacy claims. It also considers the implications of this analysis for global and regional governance.

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  • Guide to International Organisations in The Hague, The Hague, City of The Hague, 2013. Showcase item

    Guide to International Organisations in The Hague, The Hague, City of The Hague, 2013.

    The Hague is the International City of Peace and Justice. There are 160 international organisations in The Hague, employing around 14,000 people dedicated to the cause of world peace. As far away as Sarajevo, Nairobi and Kabul, the name ‘The Hague’ represents hope: hope for millions of people that the crimes perpetrated against them will not go unpunished. Hope for a peaceful future. Find out more in this small booklet about the organisations and what they do. If you would like to find out more about The Hague as the International City of Peace and Justice, please contact the Department of International Affairs at the Municipality of The Hague. The telephone number is +31 (0)70 353 32 04, and the e-mail address is biz@denhaag.nl.

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  • Reinalda, B. (ed.), Routledge Handbook of International Organization, London, Routledge, 2013.

    Reinalda, B. (ed.), Routledge Handbook of International Organization, London, Routledge, 2013.

    This Handbook brings together scholars whose essays discuss significant issues with regard to international organization as a process and international organizations as institutions. Although the focus is on intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are discussed where relevant. The state-of-the-art articles are meant to encourage current and future generations of scholars to enjoy working in and further exploiting the field and are also of great interest to practitioners of international organization and global governance.

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  • Barkin, J.S., International Organization: Theories and Institutions, New York, NY, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

    Barkin, J.S., International Organization: Theories and Institutions, New York, NY, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

    Primarily focused on the theoretical aspects of international organization, this book provides an in-depth examination of competing theories through thematic chapters, asking, Do international organizations matter? What are their effects on international relations? Where do they fit into the international relations literature? How should we study them? This book addresses these questions by looking at four distinctions to be found in the theoretical literature on international organizations. The distinctions are those between sovereignty and globalization, between power and interdependence, between efficiency and ideas, and between regimes and institutions. These theories are then applied to specific international organizations, including the United Nations and other organizations that deal with issues including international and human security, human rights and humanitarian aid, the international political economy and development, and the global environment. Intended to fill the gap between introductory textbooks and primary sources of theory, this newly revised and updated edition of International Organization is useful for upper-level international relations courses with a significant emphasis on theory.

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  • Cançado Trindade, A.A., Direito das organizações internacionais, Belo Horizonte, Del Rey, 2012.

    Cançado Trindade, A.A., Direito das organizações internacionais, Belo Horizonte, Del Rey, 2012.

    O Direito das Organizações Internacionais do jurista Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade, Professor Emérito de Direito Internacional da Universidade de Brasília e do Instituto Rio Branco, Ex Presidente da Corte Interamericana de Brasília e atual Juiz da Corte Internacional de Justiça da Haia, alcança sua quinta edição, revista ampliada e atualizada, em um momento histórico particularmente denso, com implicações profundas para o futuro imediato da comunidade internacional organizada. O autor desenvolve um estudo aprofundado e atualizado dos problemas jurídicos comuns às Organizações Internacionais: personalidade jurídica, interpretação de poderes, de limitaçõesde competências, capacidade de celebrar tratados, estruturas e funcionamento, processo decisório, natureza e efeitos jurídicosdas resoluções, privilégios e imunidades, segurança coletiva e preservação dapaz internacional, dentre outros. Com base também em sua própria e vasta experiência internacional, o professor CançadoTrindade examina, ademais, a extensão da atuação das Organizações Internacionais a nova áreas da atividade humana, e seu empenho na busca da realização do ideal da  justiça internacional. Enfim, analisa as perspectivas  das cartas constitutivas das Organizações Internacionais. O exame da matéria atem-se tanto à teoria como à prática internacional, abordando numerosos exemplos que se estendem desde a adoção da Carta das Nações Unidas (1945) até o conflito armado no Iraque (2003) e desenvolvimentos mais recentes. O autor sustenta a necessidade de um regime jurídico de controle da legalidade dos atos (e Omissões) tanto dos Estados-Membros como dos órgãos políticos internacionais. Em perspectiva histórica, sustenta o autor, além disso, que o Direito das Organizações Internacionais vem contribuindo à satisfação das necessidades da comunidade internacional como um todo, e, tem evoluído rumo a formação e consolidação de um novo jus gentium neste inicio do século XXI, o direito universal da humanidade. Como assinalou em seu Prefacio á primeira edição (1990), o embaixador G.E.do Nascimento e Silva, ”O Professor CançadoTrindade acrescenta á sua já volumosa e consagrada obra o presente livro, em que uma vez mais revela o seu trabalho de scholar”.

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