Procedure at International Conferences: A Study of the Rules of Procedure at the UN and at Inter-governmental Conferences / Edition 2

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This book is a study of the rules of procedure of international inter-governmental conferences. It will be invaluable to any representative attending an international conference or an assembly of an international organisation. It provides, for the first time, a practical manual with examples and precedents of how conferences apply rules of procedure. For the academic the book is of particular interest as it examines whether a new branch of customary international law has developed, namely that of procedure at international conferences.
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Editorial Reviews

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From reviews of the first edition: 'Overall, the book is a very useful compilation of precedents and may even be an indispensable reference work for diplomats and others following the inner workings of international conferences.' Philip Alston, The American Journal of International Law

'The work as a whole is reliable and clear and Ambassador Sabel has performed a valuable service to the international community in writing it.' Maurice Mendelson, European Journal of International Law

'Dr Sabel has performed a most remarkable service to the doctrine and practice of international law alike. His book is in fact a handbook of the rules of procedure applicable to international conferences which participants at such conferences will, in the future, ignore at their peril. It may safely be predicted that it will, in due course, become, for representatives at international conferences, the standard companion manual to the rules of procedure themselves and will guide representatives in their conduct of procedural business.' Yehuda Z. Blum, Israel Law Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521545556
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Robbie Sabel is the former Legal Adviser and Deputy Director General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a Visiting Professor of International Law at the Hebrew University Jerusalem and at Tel-Aviv University.
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Table of Contents

List of abbreviations and conference references
Introduction 1
1 Historical development of rules of procedure of conferences and attempts to establish model rules 7
2 Adoption of rules of procedure 19
3 The obligation of States attending a conference to comply with the rules of procedure of that conference 30
4 Invitations, participation and credentials 43
5 Presiding officer and other officers of the conference 52
6 Meetings 79
7 Statements by delegations 91
8 Submission of proposals 122
9 Adjournment and closure of debate 151
10 Amendments 175
11 Withdrawal and reconsideration of motions and proposals 193
12 Procedural motions and points of order 218
13 Priorities between different proposals 235
14 Method of voting 258
15 Majority required 281
16 Consensus 303
17 Separate votes 314
18 Conduct of voting - interruption of voting and correction of vote 335
19 Languages and records 358
20 Committees 368
21 Suspension and amendment of rules of procedure 384
22 Are certain rules of procedure customary international law? 393
23 Rules of procedure and general principles of law 413
Conclusions 417
Bibliography 423
Index 434
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