Law and Practice of the United Nations: Documents and Commentary / Edition 1

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Overview


Law & 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 by the authors that describes how the documents that follow 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.

The authors help students form a realistic idea of the work of international diplomacy, as the negotiation and interpretation of such texts is an important part of what actually takes place at the United Nations and other international organizations. A wide variety of documents are presented, each of which must be read differently: treaties and resolutions based on political compromises, judicial opinions that are based on legal reasoning, policy documents intended to justify specific actions, and advocacy intended to pursue a national or other interest. Students will develop the ability to read these documents critically, parsing not only the meaning but the political and bureaucratic interests behind them.

Law & Practice of the United Nations is ideal for courses on the United Nations or International Organizations, taught in both law and international relations programs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195308426
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Chesterman is Global Professor and Director of the New York University School of Law Singapore Programme, and Vice Dean and Professor at the National University of Singapore. His books include You, The People: The United Nations, Transitional Administration, and State-Building (OUP, 2004), and Just War or Just Peace? Humanitarian Intervention and International Law (OUP, 2001), which was awarded the American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit.

The Late Thomas M. Franck was the Murry and Ida Becker Emeritus Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. The author of more than twenty books, Dr. Franck is a two-time Guggenheim Fellowship winner, and also received the Christopher Medal for Resignation in Protest. He has acted as legal advisor or counsel to many foreign governments, including Tanganyika, Kenya, Zanzibar, Mauritius, Solomon Islands, El Salvador, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Chad. Among other positions, he was Director of Research at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) from 1979 to 1982.

David M. Malone is Canada's High Commissioner for India and Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal, and former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations. He has taught at the NYU School of Law and at Sciences Po in Paris. His most recent book is The International Struggle over Iraq: Politics in the UN Security Council, 1980-2005 (OUP).

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Table of Contents

Part I. Relevance
1. The UN Charter
2. Hard Cases
Part II. Capacity
3. Legal Status
4. The Secretary-General and the Secretariat
5. Membership
6. Financing
Part III. Practice
7. Conflict Prevention
8. Peace Operations
9. Peacebuilding
10. Sanctions
11. Development
12. Self-Determination
13. Human Rights
14. Humanitarian Assistance
Part IV. Accountability
15. Immunity and Responsibility
16. Accountability in Practice
17. Reform Appendix Charter of the United Nations Statute of the International Court of Justice

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