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(p. 248) 9. International Organizations 

(p. 248) 9. International Organizations
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(p. 248) 9. International Organizations
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Dapo Akande

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10.1093/he/9780199654673.003.0009
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This chapter, which examines the legal framework governing international organizations, begins with a discussion of the history, role, and nature of international organizations. It argues that although the constituent instruments and practices of each organization differ, there are common legal principles which apply to international organizations, and then focuses on the identification and exploration of those common legal principles. The chapter examines how international organizations acquire legal personality in international and domestic law, and the consequences of that legal personality. It discusses the way in which treaties establishing international organizations are interpreted and how this differs from ordinary treaty interpretation. The legal and decision-making competences of international organizations are considered, as are the legal responsibility, privileges, and immunities of international organizations. Finally, the chapter examines the structure and powers of what is probably the leading international organization: the United Nations.

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