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. 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’.

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.

New titles


1. The democratization of international institutions
The democratization of international institutions : first international democracy report / edited by Lucio Levi, Giovanni Finizio and Nicola Vallinoto. - London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. - XVII,i, 506 pages. : illustrations. ; 29 cm Includes bibliographical references and index. - 2014
Keywords: International institutions, Democracy, Political science, Regional organizations, International organizations,

2. The Legal and Political Status of International Parliamentary Institutions
The Legal and Political Status of International Parliamentary Institutions / Claudia Kissling. - London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. - Page 25-53 In: The Democratization of International Institutions / edited by Lucio Levi, Giovanni Finizio and Nicola Vallinoto, ISBN 9781857437041: (2014), Page 25-53. - 2014
Keywords: Parliaments, International organizations, Legal status,

3. When Institutions Can Hurt You: Transparency, Domestic Politics, and International Cooperation
When Institutions Can Hurt You: Transparency, Domestic Politics, and International Cooperation / J. Samuel Barkin In: International Politics = ISSN 1384-5748: vol. 52, issue 3, page 349-369. - 2015
Keywords: International institutions, Transparency, International co-operation,

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New titles


1. The democratization of international institutions
The democratization of international institutions : first international democracy report / edited by Lucio Levi, Giovanni Finizio and Nicola Vallinoto. - London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. - XVII,i, 506 pages. : illustrations. ; 29 cm Includes bibliographical references and index. - 2014
Keywords: International institutions, Democracy, Political science, Regional organizations, International organizations,

2. The Legal and Political Status of International Parliamentary Institutions
The Legal and Political Status of International Parliamentary Institutions / Claudia Kissling. - London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. - Page 25-53 In: The Democratization of International Institutions / edited by Lucio Levi, Giovanni Finizio and Nicola Vallinoto, ISBN 9781857437041: (2014), Page 25-53. - 2014
Keywords: Parliaments, International organizations, Legal status,

3. When Institutions Can Hurt You: Transparency, Domestic Politics, and International Cooperation
When Institutions Can Hurt You: Transparency, Domestic Politics, and International Cooperation / J. Samuel Barkin In: International Politics = ISSN 1384-5748: vol. 52, issue 3, page 349-369. - 2015
Keywords: International institutions, Transparency, International co-operation,

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  • Grigorescu, A., Democratic intergovernmental organizations? : normative pressures and decision-making rules, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 2015.

    Grigorescu, A., Democratic intergovernmental organizations? : normative pressures and decision-making rules,  New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 2015.

    This work posits that, over the past two centuries, democratic norms have spread from domestic politics to intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). Grigorescu explores how norms shaped IGO decision-making rules such as those driving state participation, voting, access to information, and the role of NGOs and transnational parliaments. The study emphasizes the role of “normative pressures” (the interaction between norm strength and the degree to which the status quo strays from norm prescriptions). Using primary and secondary sources to assess the plausibility of its arguments across two centuries and two dozen IGOs, the study focuses on developments in League of Nations, International Labor Organization, United Nations, World Bank, European Union, and World Trade Organization.

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  • Abbott, K.W. et. al. (eds.), International Organizations as Orchestrators, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015. Showcase item

    Abbott, K.W.  et. al. (eds.), International organizations as orchestrators, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015

    International Organizations as Orchestrators reveals how IOs leverage their limited authority and resources to increase their effectiveness, power, and autonomy from states. By ‘orchestrating’ intermediaries – including NGOs – IOs can shape and steer global governance without engaging in hard, direct regulation. This volume is organized around a theoretical model that emphasizes voluntary collaboration and support. An outstanding group of scholars investigate the significance of orchestration across key issue areas, including trade, finance, environment and labor, and in leading organizations, including the GEF, G20, WTO, EU, Kimberley Process, UNEP and ILO. The empirical studies find that orchestration is pervasive. They broadly confirm the theoretical hypotheses while providing important new insights, especially that states often welcome IO orchestration as achieving governance without creating strong institutions. This volume changes our understanding of the relationships among IOs, nonstate actors and states in global governance, using a theoretical framework applicable to domestic governance.

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  • Allison, L., The EU, ASEAN and Interregionalism: Regionalism Support and Norm Diffusion between the EU and ASEAN, Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Showcase item

    Allison, L., The EU, ASEAN and interregionalism : regionalism support and norm diffusion between the EU and ASEAN, Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

    “Challenging the conventional processes of conceptualising the European Union as an actor, this study provides a timely and in-depth analysis of EU-ASEAN relations which contests the use of power as the basis of such conceptualisations. It assesses the EU’s actorness by analysing its attempts to promote its regionalism experience to ASEAN. Three aspects of regionalism – economic integration, institutionalisation and political norms – are analysed using data collected from officials and researchers connected to these regions. In doing so, this compelling volume shows that the effectiveness of the EU’s aim to diffuse these norms is predominantly determined both by ASEAN’s perception of the EU as an actor and its consideration of the EU’s regionalism experience as relevant to ASEAN”.

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  • Archer, C., International Organizations, London, Routledge, 2015. Showcase item

    Archer, C., International Organizations, London, Routledge, 2015

    “What is the role of international organizations in the international political system? The fourth edition of the Clive Archer widely used textbook continues to provide students with an introduction to international organizations, exploring their rise and development, and accounts for their significance in the modern international political system. International Organizations fourth edition has been fully updated to take into account the considerable developments in the field since the last edition was published in 2001. It continues to offer an unique concise yet comprehensive approach offering students an accessible and manageable introduction to this core part of international relations. An authoritative guide to the literature about international organizations, it also provides advice on further reading”

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  • Virzo, R. and I. Ingravallo (eds.), Evolutions in the Law of International Organizations, Leiden, Brill Nijhoff, 2015. Showcase item

    Virzo, R. and  I. Ingravallo (eds.), Evolutions in the law of international organizations, Leiden, Brill Nijhoff, 2015

    Because of their increasing prevalence and diversity, International Organizations (IOs) are one of the most striking legal phenomena in contemporary international law. Evolutions in the Law of International Organizations, is a collection of essays discussing the ever-changing nature of IOs. It covers all the many considerable practical evolutions in the law of, offers a discussion of theoretical issues and proposes solutions to many crucial problems related to these institutional developments. The book explores controversial institutional issues arising from recent developments in the complex international practice of IOs and includes contributions about the definition of IOs, the role of “soft” IOs and regional IOs, the reformation of international financial institutions, and the liability of IOs for their actions, among others.

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  • Dent, D.W. and L.C. Wilson, Historical Dictionary of Inter-American Organizations, Lanham; Toronto; Plymouth, UK, Scarecrow Press, 2014.

    Dent, D.W. and L.C. Wilson, Historical Dictionary of Inter-American Organizations, Lanham; Toronto; Plymouth, UK, Scarecrow Press, 2014.

    This updated second edition of Historical Dictionary of Inter-American Organizations covers the history of through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 400 hundred cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Inter-American Organizations.

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

    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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