ISBN : 9780198808312
Winner of the Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftsmanship and Utility to Lawyers and Scholars from the American Society of International Law
The United Nations, whose specialized agencies were the subject of an Appendix to the 1958 edition of Oppenheim's International Law: Peace, has expanded beyond all recognition since its founding in 1945.This volume represents a study that is entirely new, but prepared in the way that has become so familiar over succeeding editions of Oppenheim.
An authoritative and comprehensive study of the United Nations' legal practice, this volume covers the formal structures of the UN as it has expanded over the years, and all that this complex organization does. All substantive issues are addressed in separate sections, including among others, the responsibilities of the UN, financing, immunities, human rights, preventing armed conflicts and peacekeeping, and judicial matters.
In examining the evolving structures and ever expanding work of the United Nations, this volume follows the long-held tradition of Oppenheim by presenting facts uncoloured by personal opinion, in a succinct text that also offers in the footnotes a wealth of information and ideas to be explored. It is book that, while making all necessary reference to the Charter, the Statute of the International Court of Justice, and other legal instruments, tells of the realities of the legal issues as they arise in the day to day practice of the United Nations.
Missions to the UN, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, practitioners of international law, academics, and students will all find this book to be vital in their understanding of the workings of the legal practice of the UN.
Research for this publication was made possible by The Balzan Prize, which was awarded to Rosalyn Higgins in 2007 by the International Balzan Foundation.
PART 1: INTRODUCTION
PART 2: THE UNITED NATIONS: WHAT IT IS
2: General Assembly
3: Security Council
4: Trusteeship Council
5: Economic and Social Council
6: Subsidiary Organs
7: United Nations Specialized Agencies
8: Membership of the United Nations
11: The Legal Personality of the UN
12: The United Nations and International Law
13: Responsibility of the United Nations
14: The Financing of the United Nations
15: The UN Secretariat and Secretary-General
16: United Nations Immunities
PART 3: THE UNITED NATIONS: WHAT IT DOES
17: Improving Social Conditions
18: Improving Economic Wellbeing
19: Democratic Governance
20: Electoral Assistance
21: Disaster Relief
22: Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
23: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
24: Protecting the Environment
25: Promotion of International Law
26: Keeping the Peace
27: Peacekeeping and Other Peace Operations
28: Peaceful Settlement of Disputes
PART 4: ADJUDICATION WITHIN THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM
29: The International Court of Justice
30: United Nations Compensation Commission
31: Criminal Tribunals Established By, or in Relationship With, the UN