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Henry G. Schermers and Niels M. Blokker

national legal orders important? Why is it necessary to examine whether, or to what extent, international organizations are international legal persons, or subjects of international law, 3 or entities capable of bearing rights and obligations? 4 Without such a status, international organizations would not

Henry G. Schermers and Niels M. Blokker

international organizations on individual technical subjects. Thus, it was possible to refer to the “specialized agencies of the CMEA”. 80 In the so-called comprehensive programme of 1971, the members of the CMEA stipulated that agreements and protocols would be concluded between the CMEA and these

Henry G. Schermers and Niels M. Blokker

organs of an organization. They are served by the secretariat and they are subject to the general budgetary and administrative authority of the ‘hosting’ organization, subject to the caveat that no resolution of another organ can amend the treaty which created a treaty organ. Provisions concerning treaty

Henry G. Schermers and Niels M. Blokker

stretch far enough to include all acts indispensable for the performance of the functions of the organization. 17 In its 1996 WHO Advisory Opinion, the International Court of Justice considered that international organizations are subjects of international law which do not, unlike states, possess a

Henry G. Schermers and Niels M. Blokker

did not relegate sovereign states to the wings. On the contrary, states remain the leading actors in international relations. 10 There is neither a universal state nor a world government. 11 Nevertheless, international organizations, the subject of our study, perform an important supporting role

Henry G. Schermers and Niels M. Blokker

New York (Court of Appeal) 72 and England (High Court) 73 seem to have been more restrictive. The scope of the unenforceable contract has also been subjected to different interpretations. Is it only the contract involving the currency of a member which is “unenforceable” or do further legal