2nd Edition

International Organizations and the Law

By Alexandra R. Harrington Copyright 2024
    356 Pages
    by Routledge

    356 Pages
    by Routledge

    International Organizations and the Law addresses the laws relating to international organizations, their undertakings and the ways in which specific international organizations function and interact with one another.

    Assuming little background knowledge of international law, the book brings together key issues in international law and the history of international organizations in a cohesive manner, providing readers with a clear understanding of international organizations’ law in context. It addresses topics such as:

    • organization functions and structure
    • membership and membership powers
    • the rights of international organizations
    • dispute settlement in international organizations
    • termination of an international organization.

    The second edition has been fully revised and updated to include coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the functions of international organizations; the invasion of Ukraine and the stresses placed on the UN, NATO and the international community; increased efforts in the climate change sector; and the overhaul of the NAFTA system and the impact of Brexit.

    Written in an accessible and engaging way, this book is ideal reading for students new to the law of international organizations and as a reference for those active in fields impacted by international organizations.

    1. Introduction 2. History, the United Nations Charter and Vienna Conventions 3. Membership and membership powers 4. Voting rights and allotments 5. Organization functions and structure 6. Punishment, suspension and expulsion of errant Member States 7. Diplomatic rights versus international organization rights 8. Headquarters agreements of international organizations 9. Promulgation of international instruments under the auspices of international organizations 10. Dispute settlement in international organizations 11. Termination of an international organization 12. The United Nations system 13. International criminal courts 14. Regional organizations 15. Trade, finance and banking organizations 16. Sector and industry-focused organizations 17. Military and policing organizations 18. Human rights organizations and bodies 19. Environmental organizations 20. International Organizations and Covid-19 Responses 21. International Organizations and the Invasion of Ukraine 22. Conclusion


    Alexandra R. Harrington, PhD, is a Lecturer in Law at Lancaster University Law School, Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law’s Agreement on Plastic Pollution Task Force, and Director of Studies for the International Law Association Colombian Branch.