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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Organizations or Institutions, Succession

Kirsten Schmalenbach

Subject(s):
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 Succession of one international organization by another is commonly defined as a transfer of functions from that organization to the other. In comparison, the succession of States denotes the replacement of one State by another in respect of sovereignty over a given territory (see also State Succession in Other Matters than Treaties ; State Succession in Treaties ). The definitions reveal the major difference between these two types of succession: the succession of organizations is functional in nature, whereas the succession of States is linked to territory....
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