Law and Practice of the United Nations (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199399482

Simon Chesterman; Ian Johnstone; David M. Malone
792 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
May 2015
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Law and Practice of the United Nations: Documents and Commentary combines primary materials with expert commentary demonstrating the interaction between law and practice in the UN organization, as well as the possibilities and limitations of multilateral institutions in general. Each chapter begins with a short introductory essay describing how the documents that ensue illustrate a set of legal, institutional, and political issues relevant to the practice of diplomacy and the development of public international law through the United Nations. Each chapter also includes questions to guide discussion of the primary materials, and a brief bibliography to facilitate further research on the subject. This second edition addresses the most challenging issues confronting the United Nations and the global community today, from terrorism to climate change, from poverty to nuclear proliferation. New features include hypothetical fact scenarios to test the understanding of concepts in each chapter. This edition contains expanded author commentary, while maintaining the focus on primary materials. Such materials enable a realistic presentation of the work of international diplomacy: the negotiation, interpretation and application of such texts are an important part of what actually takes place at the United Nations and other international organizations. This work is ideal for courses on the United Nations or International Organizations, taught in both law and international relations programs.


Preface to the Second Edition
Part I - Relevance
Chapter 1 The UN Charter
Chapter 2 Hard Cases
Chapter 3 Hard Choices
Part II - Capacity
Chapter 4: Legal Status
Chapter 5 The Secretary-General and the Secretariat
Chapter 6 Membership
Chapter 7 Structure, Financing, and Administration
PART III - Practice
Chapter 8 Counter-Terrorism and Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Chapter 9 Peace Operations
Chapter 10 Sanctions
Chapter 11 Sustainable Development
Chapter 12 Self-Determination and Democracy Promotion
Chapter 13 Human Rights
Chapter 14 The Rule of Law and Transitional Justice
Part IV - Accountability
Chapter 15 Immunity and Responsibility
Chapter 16 Accountability in Practice
Chapter 17 Reform
Charter of the United Nations
Statute of the International Court of Justice

About the author: 

Simon Chesterman is Dean and Professor at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. He is also Editor of the Asian Journal of International Law and Secretary-General of the Asian Society of International Law.; Ian Johnstone is Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is on the editorial board of Global Governance and International Organizations Law Review.; David M. Malone is Rector of the UN University (UNU) in Tokyo and Under-Secretary-General of the UN. He has served as a Canadian ambassador to the UN and as Canada's high commissioner to India, and from 2004 to 2006 oversaw multilateral and economic diplomacy within Canada's Foreign Affairs Department.

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