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The Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law Online offers in-depth articles on issues such as Human Rights, UN organs and Commissions as well as questions of international law in connection with the United Nations. The core of authors proves to be a well balanced mix between young scholars and professors from all over Europe.

This publication constitutes the first scholarly periodical to focus on activities of the United Nations in the field of international law. It recognizes the recent increased impact of the development of the World Organization, its Specialized Agencies and other aspects of the United Nations System, as well as their effect on the shaping of international relations.

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The Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law (UNYB), founded in 1997, appears under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law. Volume 25 of the UNYB is a special anniversary edition that features contributions which look back on the key developments in the United Nations’ activities in the field of international law since 1997. By concentrating on issues connected with the UN and its initiatives, the UNYB aims to facilitate an understanding of the changes the UN has been undergoing since its foundation. It also provides a forum in which the potential of international organisations to affect the future course of international law and relations can be examined and assessed. Articles featured in the UNYB either relate to ‘The Law and Practice of the United Nations’ or ‘Legal Issues Related to the Goals of the United Nations’. The UNYB addresses both scholars and practitioners, giving them insights into the workings, challenges and evolution of the UN.
The Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law (UNYB), founded in 1997, appears under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law. Volume 26 of the UNYB features a special thematic forum on 'The International Court of Justice at 75: an Assessment'. In light of the recently concluded 75th anniversary of the Court's inaugral sitting, this edition of the UNYB features a curation of contributions that critically engage with and examine the work of the ICJ throughout these years. Additionally, a few select articles related to the general editorial scope of the UNYB (‘The Law and Practice of the United Nations’ or ‘Legal Issues Related to the Goals of the United Nations’) have been featured herein.

By concentrating on issues connected with the UN and its initiatives, the UNYB aims to facilitate an understanding of the changes the UN has been undergoing since its foundation. It also provides a forum in which the potential of international organizations to affect the future course of international law and relations can be examined and assessed. The UNYB addresses both scholars and practitioners, giving them insights into the workings, challenges and evolution of the UN.
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The Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law (UNYB), founded in 1997, appears under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law. It has a two-tier structure: The first part, ‘The Law and Practice of the United Nations’, concentrates on the legal fundamentals of the UN, its Specialized Agencies and Programmes. The second part, ‘Legal Issues Related to the Goals of the United Nations’, analyzes achievements with regard to fulfilling the main objectives of the UN. The UNYB addresses both scholars and practitioners, giving them insights into the evolution, workings, and challenges of the UN.

If you are interested in writing a contribution for consideration of publication with forthcoming editions of the Yearbook, please send us an abstract proposal of your article to unyb@mpfpr.de

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