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Research Handbook on the Law of International Organizations

Edited by Jan Klabbers, Erik Castrén Institute, Faculty of Law and Åsa Wallendahl, Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research, University of Helsinki, Finland
This pioneering Research Handbook with contributions from renowned experts, provides an overview of the general doctrines making up the law of international organizations.
Extent: 544 pp
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Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 84720 135 5
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Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 0 85793 125 2
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This pioneering Research Handbook with contributions from renowned experts, provides an overview of the general doctrines making up the law of international organizations.

The approach of this book is taken from a novel perspective: that of the tension between functionalism and constitutionalism. In doing so, this Handbook presents not only practically relevant information, but also provides a tool for understanding the ways in which international organizations work. It has separate chapters on specific ‘constitutional’ topics and on two specific organizations: the EU and the UN.

Research Handbook on the Law of International Organizations will be of particular interest to academics and graduate students in the fields of international law, international politics and international relations.
‘This coherent and rich publication is of relevance to the practitioner, as well as the academic and the advanced student.’
– Gregor Schusterschitz, ZÖR Journal of Public Law

‘Each chapter offers an up-to-date, concise discussion of a highly relevant topic, enriched with a wealth of references to source materials. As such, this book is a highly convenient starting point for research on current issues relating to international organizations and is recommended to academics and practitioners alike.’
– Eckhard Hellbeck, American Society for International Law

‘. . . this Research Handbook on the law of international organisations is certainly a must-have for any serious student of international organisations. . . it is an unprecedented and systematic effort at presenting the state of the art of the legal research on international organisations, with an original perspective, that of the functionalism v. constitutionalism debate.’
– Nicolas Hachez, Common Market Law Review

‘This timely book, with carefully selected contributions from many eminent international law scholars and practitioners, offers a rich theoretical as well as practical approach to understanding contemporary international organizations, especially in light of increased emphasis on issues of reform, constitutionalism and globalization. It speaks to key issues in the field with erudition and clarity. Among the issues comprehensively discussed are: personality, privileges and immunities, responsibility, decision-making procedures and dissolution and succession of international organizations. This book will be of great utility not only to international organizations and their staff, but also to academics, policy makers and those concerned with the very important and specialized field of international organizations law.’
– Edward Kwakwa, World Intellectual Property Organization
Contributors: J. Bengoetxea, N.M. Blokker, C. Brölmann, E. Cannizzaro, P. De Man, V. Engström, T. Gazzini, T. Ingadóttir, J. Klabbers, K.D. Magliveras, I. Österdahl, P. Palchetti, J. Petman, A. Reinisch, K. Schmalenbach, G. Ulfstein, S. von Schorlemer, Å. Wallendahl, R.A. Wessel, N.D. White, J. Wouters

Jan Klabbers and Åsa Wallendahl

1. Contending Approaches to International Organizations: Between Functionalism and Constitutionalism
Jan Klabbers

2. Personality of International Organizations
Tarcisio Gazzini

3. Reasoning on Powers of Organizations
Viljam Engström

4. Membership in International Organizations
Konstantinos D. Magliveras

5. Financing International Institutions
Thordis Ingadóttir

6. Privileges and Immunities
August Reinisch

7. International Organiazations – Institutions and Organs
Inger Österdahl

8. International Organizations as Law-makers
Jan Wouters and Philip De Man

9. Decision-making
Nigel D. White

10. Dispute Settlement
Kirsten Schmalenbach

11. International Organizations and Treaties: Contractual Freedom and Institutional Constraint
Catherine Brölmann

12. Preparing Articles on Responsibility of International Organizations: Does the International Law Commission Take International Organizations Seriously? A Mid-term Review
Niels M. Blokker

13. Dissolution and Succession: The Transmigration of the Soul of International Organizations
Ramses A. Wessel

14. Ultra Vires Acts of International Organizations
Enzo Cannizzaro and Paolo Palchetti

15. Deformalization of International Organizations Law
Jarna Petman

16. Reflections on Institutional Design – Especially Treaty Bodies
Geir Ulfstein

17. The EU as (More Than) an International Organization
Joxerramon Bengoetxea

18. The United Nations
Sabine von Schorlemer