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1 Legal Status (Personality), 1.1 Reparation for Injuries Suffered in the Service of the United Nations, Advisory Opinion, [1949] ICJ Rep 174

Ramses A. Wessel

From: Judicial Decisions on the Law of International Organizations

Edited By: Cedric Ryngaert, Ige F Dekker, Ramses A Wessel, Jan Wouters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 July 2024

Judges — International organizations, practice and procedure — Responsibility of international organizations — Judgments

Legal personality has become a key—and much debated—issue in the law of international organizations. The popular narrative presents the possession of legal personality as a necessary requirement for international organizations to act in a legal sense. Also in the classic case under review here, the Court basically argued that in order for it to be able to assess the possibility of bringing a claim, it should first establish whether the organization has legal personality. At the same time, these days international personality is seen as a characteristic of an international organization. This chapter discusses these issues and also places them in their current context.

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