International Institutional Law

Unity within Diversity, Fifth Revised Edition

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In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in the law of public international organizations. This fifth, revised edition of International Institutional Law covers the most recent developments in the field. Although public international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, ASEAN, the European Union and other organizations have broadly divergent objectives, powers, fields of activity and numbers of member states, they also share a wide variety of institutional problems.
Rather than being a handbook for specific organizations, the book offers a comparative analysis of the institutional law of international organizations. It includes comparative chapters on the rules and practices concerning membership, institutional structure, decision-making, financing, legal order, supervision and sanctions, legal status and external relations. The book’s theoretical framework and extensive use of case-studies is designed to appeal to both academics and practitioners.
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Henry G. Schermers, Ph.D. (1957) Leiden University, has been Professor of the Law of International Organizations at the Universities of Amsterdam and Leiden. He published the first edition of International Institutional Law in 1972. Henry Schermers passed away in 2006.

Niels M. Blokker, Ph.D (1989) Leiden University, is Professor of International Institutional Law at Leiden University and Deputy Legal Adviser at the Foreign Ministry of The Netherlands. He is co-founder and co-editor in chief of International Organizations Law Review (published by Martinus Nijhoff/Brill Publishers).
International law, law of international organizations, international institutional law. Both academics and practitioners.