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The Security Council as Global Legislator

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Edited by Vesselin Popovski, Trudy Fraser


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Security Council resolutions have undergone an important evolution over the last two decades. While continuing its traditional role of determining state-specific threats to peace and engaging accordingly in various peaceful or coercive measures, the Security Council has also adopted resolutions that have effectively imposed legal obligations on all United Nations member states.

This book seeks to move away from the discussions of whether the Security Council – in the current composition and working methods – is representative, capable or productive. Rather it assesses whether legislative activity by the Security Council can be beneficial to international peace and security. The authors examine and critique the capacities of the Security Council to address thematic international threats - such as terrorism, weapons proliferations, targeting of civilians, recruitment of child soldiers, piracy – as an alternative to the traditional model of addressing country-specific situations on a case-by-case basis. Ultimately, the book seeks to assess the efficacy of the Security Council as global legislator in terms of complementing the Security Council’s mandate for the maintenance of international peace and security with a preventative and norm-setting capacity.

The book presents views from a diverse range of Security Council stakeholders including academic scholars, political analysts, and international lawyers. This resource will be of great interest to students of international relations, international organizations and international security studies alike.

Table of Contents

Introduction, VESSELIN POPOVSKI 1. Constitutionalism and the law: evaluating the Security Council, ANTHONY F LANG, JR 2. The coming “Coke Moment”, CHARLES SAMPFORD 3. Parsing Security Council resolutions: a five-dimensional taxonomy of normative properties, HUGH BREAKEY 4. Quis custodiet consilium securitatis? Reflections on the lawmaking powers of the Security Council, JAN WOUTERS and JED ODERMATT 5. A “legislative” evolution: Security Council resolution 1540 revisited, OLIVIA BOSCH 6. Security Council legislation in counter-terrorism, MONIKA HEUPEL 7. Security Council resolutions on Somali piracy, PETER LEHR 8. The Security Council as global executive but not global legislator: the case of child soldiers, NOËLLE QUÉNIVET 9. The Security Council as legislator and norm builder: impacts on efforts to promote the women, peace, and security agenda

ROBERT ZUBER and MELINA LITO 10. Protection of civilians and law-making in the Security Council, HUGH BREAKEY 11. From environmental governance to environmental legislation: the case of climate change at the Security Council, TRUDY FRASER 12. The Security Council and ad hoc tribunals: law and politics, peace and justice, MARTIN J. BURKE and THOMAS G. WEISS, 13. The International Criminal Court and the Security Council

VESSELIN POPOVSKI, 14. Conclusion: the Security Council as global legislator, TRUDY FRASER

About the Editors

Vesselin Popovski is a Senior Academic Programme Officer at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan.

Trudy Fraser is a Postdoctoral Fellow at United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)