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The Responsibilities and Immunities of International Organizations

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.

Agreement on the Establishment of the ASEAN Secretariat

Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Criminal Court

Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations

Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the UN Specialized Agencies

Draft Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations
plus the response of a number of influential IOs to the Articles

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

Human Rights Due Diligence Policy on United Nations Support to non-United Nations Security Forces

Netherlands (Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs) v Nuhanovic, Dutch Supreme Court, 6th September 2013 – considering whether conduct of peacekeepers can be attributed to their state

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights - dealing with, inter alia, the UN’s responsibility to provide reparation for the introduction of cholera in Haiti by its peacekeepers and the UN’s immunity

United Nations Security Council Resolution 2272 (2016) – setting out responses to sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers