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Content Collection: Responsibilities and Immunities

One of the most contentious issues relating to international organizations is their privileges and immunities. Who is responsible for the introduction of a deadly and highly contagious disease by peacekeepers or NGO workers? How can victims of sexual assault by staff of international organizations seek redress and see the perpetrator held to account? Who is ultimately responsible for war crimes committed in an area that was supposedly under the control of an international organization? These materials and their accompanying analysis show both how international organizations themselves have dealt with these questions and how courts have decided in cases involving immunity.

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International Criminal Court [ICC]
Headnote: Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Criminal Court 9th September 2002
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United Nations [UN]
Headnote: Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations 13th February 1946
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Headnote: Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies

21st November 1947
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Headnote: Human Rights Due Diligence Policy on United Nations Support to non-United Nations Security Forces

5th March 2013
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Headnote: Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

26th August 2016
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Headnote: HR 6 September 2013, Netherlands (Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs) v Nuhanovic

6th September 2013
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United Nations Security Council [UNSC]
Headnote: United Nations Security Council Resolution 2272 11th March 2016
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International Law Commission [ILC]
Headnote: Draft Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations 3rd June 2011
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Read responses from a number of influential IOs to the Articles

 

The Arctic Council
Headnote: Host Country Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Norway and the Arctic Council Secretariat on the Legal Status of the Secretariat and the Privileges and Immunities of the Secretariat and its Staff Members 21st January 2013
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