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ASIL Annual Meeting Collection


Are international organizations and institutions effective instruments for addressing complex global challenges? Do constitutive instruments delegate enough power to enable organizations to influence developments in practice, while ensuring adequate flexibility to adjust to future needs?

International organizations are customarily created by treaties, often referred to as the constitutive instruments or (constitutions) of the organization. In international law, legal personality is a prerequisite for an international organization to be able to sign international treaties in its own name. Constitutive instruments create a new legal person and provide the basic legal framework of the organization. The content of these constitutive instruments can be quite different, with some only providing a minimum legal framework for the organization, while others contain elaborate provisions.

In honour of the 113th ASIL Annual Meeting, we have put together a free content collection exploring some of the legal instruments relating to major international organizations, from binding treaties and constitutive instruments, to non-binding declarations, recommendations, and guidelines.


Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

Regulations to Give Effects to Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations

Soft Law Instruments

Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework

World Bank Environmental and Social Framework

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

Constitutive Instruments

Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization

Arms Trade Treaty (establishing the Arms Trade Treaty Secretariat)

Articles of Agreement of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank)

The Charter of the Collective Security Treaty Organization

Charter of the Organization of American States