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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Organizations or Institutions, Secondary Law

Markus Benzing

Subject(s):
Acts of international organizations — Practice and procedure of international organizations

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The law of international organizations can be divided into primary and secondary law, the primary law being the founding treaties , sometimes characterized as the constitutions of the organizations. Secondary law derives from primary law, in that its normative effect formally depends upon a primary source of international law, ie a treaty provision allocating this competence to the organization. In its derivative character, it is to be distinguished from the law generated by the conclusion of treaties between two international organizations. These treaties do...
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