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Introducing Oxford International Organizations

While there is general agreement on an increasing role of international organizations, the actual extent of this role and the implications thereof remain the object of intense debate in legal and scholarly commentaries. Indeed, organizations today seem to be simultaneously acclaimed and abhorred; deemed to be the guardian of the international order and the cause of international disorder; taken as the monitors of fundamental rights and the villains of the international rule of law. By the same token, there is a wide range of understandings of what constitutes an ‘international organization’, ranging from an inter-state treaty regime to an autonomous constitutional subject with its own legal order. In this sense, international organizations and their contribution to global governance have perhaps never been the object of discussion and contestation to the extent they are today.

It is in this context that Oxford International Organizations (OXIO) has been built, with the aim of providing practitioners, scholars, legal advisers, policy-makers, and observers of international relations with a maximally precise, holistic and up-to-date picture of the acts of international organizations, and with an increased understanding of the contribution of organizations.


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October 30, 2017

New OHT Editorial: Perpetual Peace

Randall Lesaffer discusses the notion of ‘universal and perpetual peace’ treaties (‘pax universalis perpetua’).

October 26, 2017

Announcing the launch of Oxford International Organizations

Instant access to primary materials and essential analysis on the law of international organizations. Now freely available until July 2018, on Oxford Public International Law.

October 19, 2017

EPIL October 2017 Update Live

14 updated articles now available on MPEPIL.

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New OHT Editorial: Mixed Commissions, Mixed Blessing

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