Reforming the UN Security Council Membership

The illusion of representativeness

By Sabine Hassler

© 2013 – Routledge

328 pages

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About the Book

This book comprehensively examines the different proposals put forward for reforming the UN Security Council by analysing their objectives and exploring whether the implementation of these proposals would actually create a representative and more effective Security Council. The book places the discussion on reform of Security Council membership in the context of the council’s primary responsibility, which is at the helm of the UN collective security system. The author contends that only a Council that is adequately representative of the UN membership can claim to legitimately act on the members’ behalf. This book offers an inquiry into the Council’s constitutional framework and how far that framework still reflects the expectations and intentions of the founding nations, whilst remaining flexible enough to satisfy today’s, and possibly tomorrow’s, membership. Through the use of policy-oriented jurisprudence and elements of the International Law/International Relations theory this book explores how reform can best be realised.

Reforming the UN Security Council Membership will be of particular interest to scholars and students of International Law and International Relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Security Council at the Helm of UN Collective Security 2. The Security Council’s Composition and Membership 3. Institutional Reform and Its Significance for the Security Council 4. Proposals on Representativeness 5. Proposals on Size 6. Proposals to Remedy Imbalance 7. Membership Criteria, Power Prerogatives and Periodic Review 8. A ‘Perfect’ Security Council? 9. Concluding Thoughts

About the Author

Sabine Hassler is a senior lecturer in law at the University of the West of England. Dr. Hassler’s research interests include matters of collective security, issues of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility and non-human personhood rights.

About the Series

Routledge Research in International Law

The series offers a space for new and emerging scholars of international law to publish original arguments, as well as presenting alternative perspectives from more established names in international legal research.  Works cover both the theory and practice of international law, presenting innovative analyses of the nature and state of international law itself as well as more specific studies within particular disciplines. The series will explore topics such as the changes to the international legal order, the processes of law-making and law-enforcement, as well as the range of actors in public international law. The books will take a variety of different methodological approaches to the subject including interdisciplinary, critical legal studies, feminist, and Third World approaches, as well as the sociology of international law. Looking at the past, present and future of international law the series reflects the current vitality and diversity of international legal scholarship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW000000
LAW / General
LAW051000
LAW / International
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POL021000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties