1st Edition

Reinvigorating the United Nations

Edited By Markus Kornprobst, Sławomir Redo Copyright 2024
    254 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines pathways for how to reinvigorate the United Nations, in light of recent crises.

    The United Nations requires reinvigoration. The organisation’s supply of global governance falls short of global demand in areas ranging from health to environment, while intra-state armed conflicts are on the rise again, and fullblown inter-state war has returned to the agenda. At the same time, decision-making mechanisms are deadlocked, and their legitimacy is increasingly questioned. But what pathways are there for reinvigorating the United Nations? This book argues for consolidating key principles pertaining to inter-state relations and human rights, for elaborating on the UN system in order to avoid fragmentation and make it possible for it to keep pace with a changing world, and for revisiting UN decision-making structures so that it can become more inclusive and rebuild trust among stakeholders. The volume embraces a comprehensive approach to studying the organisation, and the authors analyse the institutions comprising the UN system, as well as the social context within which actors put these institutions to use. The book contributes to scholarly debates about the United Nations and about how it is embedded in a broader international order currently beset by crises and, ultimately, aims to show what concrete steps for strengthening the organisation might look like.

    This book will be of much interest to students of international organisations, diplomacy studies, global governance, and International Relations in general.

    The Introduction, Chapter 5, Chapter 10 and the Conclusion of this book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.routledge.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International License. Chapter 7 of this book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.routledge.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International License.

    Introduction: Reinvigorating the United Nations

    Markus Kornprobst and Sławomir Redo

    Part I: Consolidating the United Nations

    1. The Power of Principles

    Mona Ali Khalil

    2. Taking International Criminal Justice Seriously

    Klaus Bachmann

    3. Whose Rule of Law and Order?

    Sławomir Redo

    Part II: Elaborating on the United Nations

    4. Strengthening the General Assembly

    Chiara Giorgetti

    5. Sustainability of Outer Space Activities

    Irmgard Marboe

    6. Strengthening the Human Rights Council and the Treaty Body System

    Valentina Carraro

    7. Reinvigorating UN Peacekeeping

    Eugene Chen and Katharina Coleman 

    Part III: Transforming the United Nations  

    8. Potentials and Limits of UN Reform

    Joachim Müller

    9. Global Diseases and the Not All That Global Health Governance

    Stephanie Strobl

    10. Linguistic Human Rights for the Promotion of Democracy

    Adams Bodomo

    11. Overcoming the Global Trust Deficit

    Natalie Samarasinghe

    Part IV: Summary and Recommendations

    12. Conclusion

    Markus Kornprobst and Sławomir Redo


    Markus Kornprobst holds the Chair of Political Science and International Relations at the Vienna School of International Studies, Austria. He is author/editor of several books, including Theorizing World Orders (2021), Understanding International Diplomacy (2e, 2018), Diplomacy and Borderlands (2018), and Co-Managing International Crises (2019).

    Sławomir Redo is an independent scholar, Visiting Professor of United Nations Law, and member of the United Nations Studies Association. He has edited several books, including Crime Prevention and Justice in 2030 (2021) and The Rule of Law in Retreat (2022).